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CDC Warns of Dengue Outbreak in the U.S.; 41 Cases Reported in New Jersey

The CDC reports over 9.7 million dengue cases in the Americas this year



NEW JERSEY- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a new warning for the Americas as dengue cases reached an all-time high, with 41 travelers from New Jersey being affected by the virus. Dengue is spread by the Aedes mosquito, which also transmits Zika, chikungunya, and other viruses. According to the CDC, up to 400 million people are infected with one of the four dengue viruses each year, with 100 million falling ill and 40,000 dying from severe dengue.

In 2024, countries in the Americas reported more than 9.7 million dengue cases, more than double the 4.6 million cases from 2023. All New Jersey cases as of July 2 were in travelers, with no local transmission reported. Bergen County had the highest number of cases with eight, followed by Somerset County with five.

Common symptoms of dengue include fever, nausea, vomiting, rash, and aches and pains. There is no specific medicine for dengue, but most people recover within a week. Severe dengue, which affects about 5% of those infected, can cause shock, internal bleeding, and death, though fatalities are rare. Health officials advise anyone with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention.



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