NBC News reports on its website that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that dengue fever is present in parts of the southern US, following its apparent role in the October death of a 63-year-old Texas woman. One of the complications involving this disease in the US is that it is misdiagnosed as the flu or West Nile virus (WNV), as patients carrying flu-like symptoms do not generally receive testing for other diseases.
The CDC emphasizes the importance of physicians remaining alert and recommends people in high-risk areas use bug repellent, window screens, and empty water containers. HealthDay adds that the report acknowledges the woman represents the third dengue-related death in the United states as well as the first dengue-associated fatality involving hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) complications.
Medscape writes recent dengue outbreaks have occurred in the states of Florida, Hawaii, and Texas.