Dengue surveillance in Texas, 1995.

J A RawlingsInfectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Division and Bureau of Laboratories, Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756-3199, USA.

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K A HendricksInfectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Division and Bureau of Laboratories, Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756-3199, USA.

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C R BurgessInfectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Division and Bureau of Laboratories, Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756-3199, USA.

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R M CampmanInfectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Division and Bureau of Laboratories, Texas Department of Health, Austin 78756-3199, USA.

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Dengue epidemics have been occurring in the Caribbean and Central and South America, including Mexico. In 1995, the proximity of these epidemics increased the possibility of cases occurring in Texas. In response, medical and community educational materials were distributed and active surveillance for dengue cases was initiated. By the end of the year, sera from more than 360 patients were tested for anti-dengue antibody. Twenty-nine cases were detected statewide; seven cases in southern Texas were locally acquired.

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