What should be included in a public health report of dengue?

Updated: May 03, 2019
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Since January 2010, dengue has been a reportable illness in all states in the United States. Report known or suspected cases of dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever, or dengue shock syndrome to public health authorities. Such reports should include the following:

  • Patient demographics and recent travel history
  • Case classification
  • Date of onset of illness
  • Whether hospitalization was necessary
  • Outcome

When multiple patients are involved, reports should include the number of cases of dengue fever and severe dengue stratified by age, number of confirmed cases and serotypes, and number of hospitalizations and deaths.

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