Crossing the Border - 06/02/2016
Hot, humid locations like Southeast Texas provide the perfect environment for the spread of viruses travelers typically bring back to the United States after a trip to the tropics. For instance, dengue and other diseases that travel via mosquito can make their way to the U.S. Gulf Coast. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), 23 Texas patients acquired dengue locally in 2013 — a fourfold increase from the prior 10 years combined. And, dengue is not the only tropical disease to emerge in the United States. DSHS officials identified the first case of chikungunya, a virus also transmitted by mosquitoes, in Texas in July.