Up to 16 cases reported on Long Island

Officials warn that dengue cases are reaching a record high, spread through an infected mosquito bite.

A total of 142 cases have been reported in New York, including 12 from Suffolk and up to four from Nassau.

The most common symptoms are fever, nausea and rash, but some develop severe dengue, which can lead to shock, internal bleeding and, rarely, death.

There is no specific medication to treat this. Most people recover after a week.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services released a statement saying: “Dengue is a disease caused by the dengue virus, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito. Dengue is a risk in parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Travelers can protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, staying in places with air conditioning and screens on windows and doors, and considering the use of insect repellent. Suffolk County has issued travel warnings on social media.

All cases of Dengue reported in Suffolk County so far in 2024 have been acquired through travel. Residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites to prevent Dengue.”

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