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Dengue Emergency Declared: US Sees Threefold Increase in Cases Amid Global Surge

Dengue Emergency Declared

United States: The Health Officials of the United States have issued a warning for the doctors for stay cautious and alerted against the spread of dengue infection as the total number of cases linked to the disease have broken the international records.

As per the official records, the infection is mosquito-borne and has been seeing an upsurge across the world. The health experts have outlined that major reason behind the spread is climate change. Reportedly, during the first half of 2024, the countries in Americans have broken the calendar-year records.

After witnessing the such high number of cases, the World Health Organisation declared dengue an emergency in the month of December, whereas Puerto Rico declared disease a public health emergency in March.

Dengue fever, historically rare within the continental United States, has seen a threefold increase in cases across the 50 states this year compared to the same period last year. While the majority of these infections were acquired by travelers abroad, there is a rising concern from health authorities about the potential for local mosquito-borne transmission.

In a recent health advisory issued on Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasized the importance of healthcare providers being vigilant about the symptoms of dengue. They advised practitioners to inquire about patients’ recent travel histories and to consider dengue diagnostic testing when appropriate.

According to the CDC, approximately 25% of dengue infections cause symptoms. These symptoms typically emerge five to seven days post-infection and can include fever and other flu-like manifestations such as nausea, vomiting, muscular and joint pains, rashes, and severe headaches.

Along with this, severe cases linked to the infection also result in bleeding and shock, even resulting in death.

CDC and the spread of Dengue in the US!

On Tuesday, the CDC has issued certain warning signs that shows that the disease can shortly become a serious concern. According to the health agency, these signs are mucosal bleeding, abdominal pain, liver enlargement and persistent vomiting.

Along with this, they also highlighted that the vulnerable communities, including small infants, pregnant people and elderly should follow extra precautions against the illness. The experts have also highlighted that if an individual is getting infected repeatedly, the infection could turn dangerous.

Dengue Across the World!

According to the official data by the health agencies, the world has reported over 6.6 million infections across 80 countries in 2023. And in the first four months of 2024, the number of cases have surpassed the total, reaching near 7.9 million cases and 4,000 deaths. The stats have been shared by the World Health Organisation.

The health agency has outlined that the spread is quick and intense in the Americans.

The states and territories of the United States reported around 3,000 cases last year, but the infection was worse in the last ten years. The majority of the cases were reported in Puerto Rico and three US states, including Florida, Texas, and California.

While elaborating on the spread, Dr. Lulu Bravo mentioned, “It’s a traveler’s nightmare. When you have an outbreak in a country, tourists might not want to come.” It is to be noted that Bravo studies pediatric tropical disease at the University of the Philippines Manila.

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