The Indiana State Department of Health has issued an alert warning you to be aware of increased dengue virus transmission.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the virus, which is spread through mosquitoes, is near epidemic levels in many parts of the Caribbean and Latin America. Health officials are urging you to be aware of dengue fever or dengue hemorrhagic fever in patients who have traveled to tropical areas, including Key West, Florida.
Symptoms of dengue fever include:
- High fever
- Retro-orbital pain
- Joint, muscle or bone pain
- Mild hemorrhagic manifestations
The incubation period for dengue fever is three to 14 days.
The more severe dengue hemorrhagic fever is characterized by a fever that may last two to seven days and shock, in addition to dengue fever symptoms. All cases should be reported to the local health department.
Read more about the dengue virus at the CDC. Find instructions for preparing and delivering specimens for dengue testing here.
For questions, call the CDC at (800) 232-4636.