16 cases reported on Long Island

Officials are warning of dengue cases reaching an all-time high and being spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

A total of 142 cases have been reported in New York — 12 in Suffolk and four in Nassau.

The most common symptoms include fever, nausea, rashes, but some people can develop severe dengue – which can lead to shock, internal bleeding and, in rare cases, death.

There is no specific medicine to treat it; 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 spread by the bite of infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. 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 installing window and door screens, and using insect repellent. Suffolk County is issuing warnings about travel on social media.

All of the dengue cases reported so far in 2024 in Suffolk County have occurred during travel. Residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites to avoid dengue.”

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