Dengue Fever and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever 2002

Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), two of the most important arboviral diseases of humans, occur in most tropical areas of the world. The disease is caused by one of four virus serotypes (DEN-1 through DEN-4) of the genus Flavivirus. The primary vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is rarely seen in Indiana. However, another competent vector, Aedes albopictus, has been seen in at least 37 Indiana counties.

In 2002, two cases of dengue fever were reported in Indiana. For the five-year period 1998-2002, only three cases of dengue fever were reported in Indiana. All three cases were acquired while traveling overseas to tropical and subtropical areas.

You can learn more about dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever by visiting the following Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/travel/diseases.htm#dengue.