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Why Are We Concerned About Dengue?

Slide 27

May 2012

Why are we so concerned about the occurrence of dengue in the United States?

For one thing, range of Aedes species has expanded, moving out of the southern states and persisting. We have a greater frequency of travel to endemic areas, and we have the ability to travel long distances in a relatively short period of time. We have had local outbreaks of dengue in the United States: in Hawaii in 2001–2002, and Texas in 2005. Notably, outbreaks have occurred in relief workers returning from Haitian earthquake in January 2010. There is an ongoing epidemic in Puerto Rico, accounting for 21,000 cases in 2010.

Why Are We Concerned About Dengue?


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