Dengue virus is spread to people through the bite of infected mosquitoes. This disease is not spread in Connecticut; however, residents can acquire it by traveling to foreign endemic areas. Dengue is found in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands, and in Puerto Rico. In Connecticut, surveillance is conducted to identify travel-related cases. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat dengue virus infection. The best way to prevent getting sick from dengue virus is to prevent mosquito bites.
Information for Clinicians
(Dengue and Zika Virus Diagnostic Testing for Patients with a Clinically Compatible Illness and Risk for Infection with Both Viruses)
Directory of Clinical Testing Services provided by the State Public Health Laboratory
State Public Health Laboratory Contacts – for additional information
Dengue Clinical Case Management course – 4 CME, .4 CEU
Connecticut Dengue Surveillance
Dengue fever was added to the state-wide reportable diseases list in 2011. In Connecticut, surveillance is conducted to identify travel-related cases. Since 2011, an average of 9 cases (range 1 to 18) have been reported to the Connecticut Department of Public Health annually.
This page last updated 9/9/2020.