The CDC has released a health advisory for physicians to be aware of the risk of Dengue fever in travelers returning from Haiti, where Dengue is endemic. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, is characterized by high fevers and systemic symptoms, and can usually be managed with conservative symptomatic treatment. Typical incubation period is 3-14 days. More information is available on the CDC website (CDC). Suspected cases can be confirmed by sending a blood sample to selected state health departments or the CDC (CDC form)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.