August 3rd, 2010
06:24 PM ET

More cases of dengue fever popping up in Florida

The Florida Department of Health is confirming an increase in the number of cases of dengue fever acquired in the Key West area. 

New statistics from the department said 24 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Key West through mid-July. Of those, 18 involve Key West residents, five are residents of other Florida counties and one case involves a resident of another state.

In addition, 49 so-called "imported" cases of dengue fever are reported in Florida. Those cases involved people who had traveled to areas under a dengue endemic, such as the Caribbean or Central and South America.

The last time there was a dengue outbreak in Florida was 1934. Dengue is acquired through the bite of certain species of mosquitoes, primarily Aedes aegypti, but also Aedes albopictus, both of which are present in Florida, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We are concerned that if dengue gains a foothold in Key West, it will travel to other Southern cities ... like Miami," said Harold Margolis, chief of the dengue branch of CDC in a press release in July. Dengue is the most common virus transmitted by mosquitoes in the world. It causes as many as 100 million infections and kills 25,000 people every year. Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas, according to the World Health Organization.

Symptoms appear three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito, according to the Florida Department of Health. They include sudden onset of fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle, joint and bone pain (giving the disease the nickname "break-bone fever") and bleeding.  Gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea may also be present in some cases. Dengue fever symptoms usually last four to seven days. It is often diagnosed incorrectly because the symptoms are similar to influenza and other viruses. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a rare but more severe form of dengue infection that can be fatal if not recognized and treated.

The Florida Department of Health encourages people to be proactive against mosquitoes, said Susan Smith of the department. "Wearing clothing that covers the skin and bug spray with deet are two steps that all Floridians and visitors can take to protect themselves."

There is no vaccine to prevent dengue, but early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of severe illness. Locally acquired dengue outbreaks in the United States are rare. There have been a few confirmed cases along the Texas-Mexico border in recent years.

- CNN's Lisa McClure contributed to this report.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Dr. Ann

    Dr. Gupta, will you be going on air to discuss the relationship between Autism and Aspartame? The Senate is determining what is correlate with Autism. For the Senate Hearing on Autism going on this month, it may be beneficial to know that along with Mercury and other contaminations in the environment, Aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal) has also been linked to Autism. If you email me back and ask for the information I have, I can show you a chart that significantly matches Autism rates with Aspartame use rate. Europe has banned the use of Aspartame for pregnant and nursing women as well as children. The countries where Aspartame has been banned or never accepted, there Autism rate is only a small fraction of the U.S. rate. Since Aspartame has been approved in 1981, and placed in soft drinks in 1986, the Autism rate has skyrocketed. The Aspartame notes page explains just a few studies on how Aspartame has been linked with brain disorders I hope this information helps.

    Some Main Points:

    Dr. Olney warned of the damage that this product would do to the unborn and to children. He said that the FDA acknowledged "aspartame had been shown to induce brain damage in neonatal animals” but FDA dismissed the neurotoxicity as irrelevant on grounds that the approved uses of aspartame don’t include feeding it to newborn humans. Yet aspartame can be found in prescription and over-the-counter pediatric drugs and in pediatric vitamins. Nursing babies receive this poison from mothers who breastfeed. How gruesome! The recent plague of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, and birth defects manifest the neurologic devastations of aspartame. Supporting this view, Dr. Louis Elsas, Emory Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, testified in a congressional hearing that aspartame is a teratogen (causes birth defects) and a neurotoxin.

    Aspartame is a teratogen that triggers birth defects. It is a deadly neurotoxin (Dr. Louis Elsas testimony before congress, pediatric professor,genetics, Emory, http://www.dorway.com). Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D., (author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills – 1 800 -643-2665) says in his book that aspartame triggers ADD and autism.

    August 3, 2010 at 22:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynda

      Thank you. I noticed years ago every time I ate anything with aspartame I would get a serious headache. I found out what aspartame was a derivative of, I was in disbelief.

      August 4, 2010 at 06:44 | Report abuse |
    • Sol Cbd

      Thanks a lot for giving your thoughts. When I started my browser your page was loaded. I just shared this page on Reddit. You should be beyond proud of yourself. After reading over some of the posts on your blog, I seriously like your way of blogging. It's really nice to see that you're still creating great articles after all these years.


      December 19, 2018 at 17:49 | Report abuse |
  2. Jaden Flores

    one time i got diarrhea attack while riding on a long bus trip, it really sucks*~~

    August 12, 2010 at 23:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jayden Scott

    diarrhea can sometimes be cause by spoiled foods or salmonella~,:

    October 1, 2010 at 08:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Shower Cubicle 

    last month i had a bad diarrhea while riding a bus, what a horrific experience,,,

    October 18, 2010 at 14:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Double Bedding ·

    diarrhea is far from deadly but it is sure hell annoying and it sucks ::

    November 8, 2010 at 07:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Charmaine Lemire

    It is a sad day when teams of high powered lawyers have to defend the rights of children from abuses such as those experienced by Ebonie S. while she was at school.

    June 1, 2012 at 19:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Katharine Rabeck

    tworzenie stron internetowych


    June 30, 2016 at 04:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Florinda Gluth

    Hi, i feel that i noticed you visited my web site thus i came to “return the prefer”.I'm trying to find things to improve my website!I suppose its good enough to make use of some of your ideas!!


    June 30, 2016 at 18:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. draftkings promo

    I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an nervousness over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this increase.


    June 30, 2016 at 23:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Long Schroy

    Finally I found this article. Been looking for it for a while, I couldn’t find it using Google


    July 12, 2016 at 19:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. acheter un comprimГ© de cialis

    On offre les poisons enveloppes de miel. https://www.cialis20.fr Telephone: CANonbury 3233.

    December 6, 2019 at 05:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. detectives privados huesca

    detectives privados merida


    December 10, 2020 at 21:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. bitcoin to paypal

    Transfer from bitcoin to paypal very fast and low cost.


    December 15, 2020 at 20:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. froleprotrem

    Hey there! I've been following your website for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the fantastic work!


    February 12, 2021 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. 1000000GSA Backlinks

    Best Social Media Services and Website Traffic Services 2021: https://www.seoclerk.com/user/jackpower99


    February 16, 2021 at 09:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. vreyrolinomit

    Hi my friend! I wish to say that this post is awesome, great written and come with almost all vital infos. I’d like to peer more posts like this .


    February 26, 2021 at 09:25 | Report abuse | Reply

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.