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CDC Issues Dengue Warning For U.S. As 27 IL Travelers Sickened

The CDC said countries in the Americas have reported more than 9.7 million dengue cases so far this year. See Illinois cases.

IL — A fresh alert was just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Americas due to an unprecedented surge in dengue cases. The virus has affected 27 passengers from Illinois thus far.

The CDC states that an infected Aedes mosquito, which also spreads Zika, chikungunya, and other viruses, can bite a person and transmit the dengue virus.

The CDC estimates that up to 400 million people can contract one of the four dengue viruses annually. About 100 million people have infections, and 40,000 of those cases result in severe dengue deaths.

The American countries recorded over 9.7 million dengue cases, double the 4.6 million instances reported in 2023, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most current alert.

The CDC reports that as of July 2, every case of dengue in Illinois has been linked to a resident who was on the go. There have been no localized cases reported.

Based on CDC data, the travelers were from four separate counties in Illinois. This is an explanation:

  • Cook County — 17 cases
  • Champaign County — 1 to 4
  • Ogle County — 1 to 4
  • Will County — 1 to 4

The most typical dengue symptoms include fever, rash, nausea, vomiting, and aches and pains. Dengue cannot be treated with a specific medication, and most patients get better in a week or so.

According to the CDC, one in twenty persons will get severe dengue, which can cause shock, internal bleeding, and in rare cases, even death.

Health officials advised anyone exhibiting symptoms to see their local clinic or emergency department as away.

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