Team reports case of locally acquired dengue fever that occurred in Gainesville in 2016

Dr. Sarah White, a post-doctoral associate working with Dr. John Lednicky at the Dept. of EGH, and co-investigators Drs. Iovine and Nickels (UF Health/Shands Hospital) and Dr. Glenn Morris (Emerging Pathogens Institute) have revealed the first known laboratory-confirmed case of locally acquired dengue fever in Gainesville, Florida, which occurred in year 2016. Genetic sequence analyses performed in the Lednicky laboratory identified the causative agent as Dengue serotype 2 virus. The case likely represents a rare event, as there has not been a dengue outbreak in Gainesville, but nevertheless highlights the importance of virus surveillance efforts performed at UF.  The report is available online here.