Dengue Outbreak Alert: New York Hit Hard with Record High Cases – What You Need to Know Before Your Next Trip!

New York, USA – Health officials in New York are raising concerns as the number of reported cases of dengue fever has surged to an alarming high. The disease is being spread through mosquito bites, posing a significant risk to the public.

According to reports, 142 cases of dengue have been documented in the state, with 12 cases reported in Suffolk County and up to four cases in Nassau County. Dr. Sharon Nachman, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Medicine, emphasized the importance of being cautious, especially for travelers. She highlighted that all reported cases in New York were linked to travelers, underscoring the need for preventive measures.

Dr. Nachman also pointed out that while New York’s mosquitoes do not carry dengue, the risk is prevalent outside the state. She urged individuals, particularly those in Florida and other areas with dengue-carrying mosquitoes, to be vigilant and take necessary precautions when outdoors.

Symptoms of dengue fever typically include fever, nausea, and rash. In severe cases, the disease can lead to shock, internal bleeding, and even death. While there is no specific treatment for dengue, most individuals recover within a week.

For those planning to travel this summer, Dr. Nachman advised taking precautions such as using mosquito repellent, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito hours. She emphasized the importance of being mindful of one’s surroundings and activities to minimize the risk of mosquito bites.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services issued a statement reiterating the importance of protecting against mosquito bites to prevent dengue transmission. The department advised travelers to regions where dengue is prevalent to take necessary precautions, including wearing long-sleeved clothing, staying in air-conditioned spaces, and using insect repellents.

As cases of travel-related dengue continue to be reported in Suffolk County, residents are urged to stay informed and take proactive measures to reduce their risk of contracting the disease. By following preventive guidelines and staying vigilant, individuals can protect themselves and their families from the threat of dengue fever.