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April 27th, 2010

CDC Health Advisory

Potential for Dengue Infection Among Relief Workers Returning from Haiti

Summary: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports of dengue fever among relief workers returning from Haiti, where the disease is endemic. Health-care providers in the United States should consider dengue in the differential diagnosis of febrile illness in any person who has recently been in Haiti or other countries where dengue is being transmitted, and are encouraged to submit samples to state health departments (available from AZ, CA, CT, FL, NY, PR, and TX) or the CDC for proper laboratory testing. In US areas with Aedes mosquitoes present, infected travelers may also present a risk for local spread of dengue virus(es).


Apri 20th, 2010

Health department confirms dengue case in Key West, restates health advisory

The Monroe County Health Department restated its mosquito-borne health advisory on Monday, shortly after receiving confirmation of a new case of dengue in Key West. This is the first reported case since the initial occurrence last summer. The last confirmed cases were in mid-October. "We had hoped we’d be able to eliminate the disease from Key West and took every effort to do so," Administrator Bob Eadie said. "However, the confirmed case is not totally unexpected in that once dengue fever has been established in an area, it is truly almost impossible to completely eradicate it. In cooperation with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, all actions that can be taken locally are being continued and expanded."

The confirmed case was in a 41-year-old Key West man who was initially seen at local military medical facilities on April 6. He was referred to Lower Keys Medical Center, which then referred him to a hospital in Miami. Dengue was diagnosed based on symptoms and later confirmed through lab tests. The man, who has since fully recovered, reported no out-of-country travel within the past year. The Monroe County Health Department has followed up with an investigation, the results of which strongly indicate that the infection was acquired locally.