Officials warn of dengue havoc in Florida

Health officials in Florida are warning of a local surge in cases after Broward County reported two new dengue fever cases.

These cases are not the same as the earlier ones featured in the August 5 weekly report from Florida Health.

Two new cases were also reported in Miami-Dade County, bringing the total number of locally transmitted dengue fever cases in Florida to 12 this year.

Broward County health officials said in a separate statement that two dengue fever cases were reported locally throughout 2022,

This year the number of these cases may increase more than the previous years. Dengue fever is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito

Health officials also reported that it is not yet present in Florida, although infected travelers may transmit the virus to Florida mosquitoes.

Health officials have reported 43 dengue cases in people with international travel this week, bringing the total to 190 so far this year.

Public health data shows that the majority of dengue cases in Florida have come from Cuba. Cuba has been going through a major dengue outbreak since last year