Florida on Alert: Dengue Fever Cases Surge, Prevention Tips

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Posted 9 days ago

Florida is on high alert as dengue fever cases surge, with 197 cases reported in the state so far. While the majority of cases are travel-related, there are also reports of locally transmitted cases, with six reported in Miami-Dade County this year. Other states such as Hawaii, Texas, California, and Arizona have also previously reported small local outbreaks of dengue fever.

Dengue fever, also known as "break-bone" fever, is a mosquito-borne viral infection that is rarely fatal but can cause severe symptoms such as high fever, joint pain, and rash. The virus is transmitted to humans by the Aedes mosquito species, which are small, black mosquitoes with white stripes on their back and legs. These mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, making Florida's humid, subtropical weather all year round the perfect breeding conditions.

The CDC has issued an alert regarding the increasing dengue incidents in the Americas, with a record-breaking 9,852,482 suspected dengue cases reported from January to June 2024. This represents an increase of 231% compared to the same period in 2023 and 420% compared to the average of the last five years.

While there is no known treatment for dengue fever, mild cases can be managed at home with pain medication and fluids. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary to ensure proper recovery. The dengue virus messes with bone marrow cells, which inhibits platelet production, leading to thrombocytopenia, or a rapid decline in platelet count. As a result, platelet infusions are often advised with conventional treatment.

However, there is growing research stating that transfusions to increase platelet count are questionable and may cause further negative effects. Instead, certain herbal remedies such as Carica papaya, Euphorbia hirta, velvetleaf, elderberry, and garlic have antiviral properties that may help with dengue fever recovery.

In addition, getting enough rest, staying hydrated, and consuming a healthy diet loaded with whole foods including fruits and vegetables are essential strategies to help facilitate the healing process. Nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and zinc have been found to offer hypothetical benefits to dengue patients via numerous potential mechanisms, including modulation of the host immune response.

Prevention is still the best course of action to avoid contracting dengue fever. Wearing long sleeves and pants, using natural insect repellants, draining standing water, and installing a bat house are all effective ways to keep mosquitoes at bay.

As Florida continues to monitor the potential dengue outbreak, it is important for residents to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites.


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