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Degue Fever in United States (Florida)

06 Nov 2012

The media has reported on dengue fever in the state of Florida, US. Two confirmed cases have been reported and a third suspected case is under investigation; this is the first report of dengue fever in Florida in 2012. The first confirmed case was reported earlier this week in Seminole County, while the latest case is in Osceola County.

Advice for Travellers

Florida is a popular tourist destination and travellers should be aware of the risk of dengue fever. Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.