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CDC warns about new dengue fever outbreak

The CDC is warning people about an outbreak of dengue fever in the Bahamas after several visitors to the islands became sick. Dengue fever is rare in the continental U.S., and on average only one traveler per year to the Bahamas becomes sick. So far this year about 1,000 cases have been reported in the Bahamas, including at least two American children. Both children have recovered.

There is no advisory against travel to the Bahamas, but visitors are being warned to protect against mosquito bites by using bug repellent and/or staying in air-conditioned buildings when possible to lower their risk of infection.

There’s no vaccine for dengue which causes intense pain in the muscles and joints. While it’s usually a mild condition, in rare cases it can be fatal.

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