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Risk of increasing dengue virus infections in US: CDC

New York has reported 143 cases and New Jersey 41.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 200 people have contracted dengue so far this year in the states of New York and New Jersey.

New York has reported 143 cases and New Jersey 41.

According to the CDC, dengue transmission is most common in tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

So far this year, 2,500 people have been infected in the United States, five times more than the same time last year. Puerto Rico currently accounts for the majority of those cases — more than 1,700 have been reported. The US region declared a public health emergency in March.

Last month, the CDC issued a warning to health care providers that dengue virus infections are at increased risk this year. Globally, according to the CDC, new cases of dengue have been reported.

Dengue viruses are transmitted by mosquito bites. The most common symptom is fever with aches and pains, nausea, vomiting and rash. Symptoms usually begin within two weeks of being bitten by an infected mosquito and last for 2-7 days. Most people feel better after a week.

According to the CDC, the best way to prevent dengue is to avoid mosquito bites.

Map of dengue cases in the US:

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