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Insects 2014, 5(4), 991-1000; doi:10.3390/insects5040991

Dengue in Florida (USA)

Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, University of Florida-IFAS, 200 9th Street S.E., Vero Beach, FL 32962, USA
Received: 30 October 2014 / Revised: 4 December 2014 / Accepted: 9 December 2014 / Published: 16 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mosquito Control)
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Abstract

Florida (USA), particularly the southern portion of the State, is in a precarious situation concerning arboviral diseases. The geographic location, climate, lifestyle, and the volume of travel and commerce are all conducive to arbovirus transmission. During the last decades, imported dengue cases have been regularly recorded in Florida, and the recent re-emergence of dengue as a major public health concern in the Americas has been accompanied by a steady increase in the number of imported cases. In 2009, there were 28 cases of locally transmitted dengue in Key West, and in 2010, 65 cases were reported. Local transmission was also reported in Martin County in 2013 (29 cases), and isolated locally transmitted cases were also reported from other counties in the last five years. Dengue control and prevention in the future will require close cooperation between mosquito control and public health agencies, citizens, community and government agencies, and medical professionals to reduce populations of the vectors and to condition citizens and visitors to take personal protection measures that minimize bites by infected mosquitoes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Aedes aegypti; Aedes albopictus; arbovirus; dengue; Florida; mosquito Aedes aegypti; Aedes albopictus; arbovirus; dengue; Florida; mosquito
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