HEALTH 11th case of dengue fever confirmed in Florida Keys


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11th case of dengue fever confirmed in Florida Keys

July 8, 2020 / 8:38 AM / AP

An 11th case of the mosquito-borned dengue fever has been confirmed in the Florida Keys, health officials said. So far, all 11 cases have been in Key Largo, including 8 cases the last week of June, the Florida Department of Health officials said Tuesday.

Officials are "currently conducting epidemiological studies to determine the origin and extent of these infections," Florida Keys spokeswoman Alison Kerr told the Miami Herald. Health officials believe all the cases were locally acquired, the Herald reported.

The latest patient has been treated and is expected to make a complete recovery, Kerr said.

The disease is transmitted through the bite of the female Aedes aegypti mosquito, an invasive species that also spreads diseases like yellow fever, Zika and chikungunya.

Symptoms typically appear within 14 days of being bitten and include severe muscle aches and pains, fever and sometimes a rash, according to the health department.

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District said helicopters and trucks are targeting the adult mosquitoes and larvae, said Chad Huff. District workers are also doing door-to-door house inspections at homes and businesses in Key Largo to check for adult mosquitoes and larvae.

Officials are asking residents to help stop the spread of the disease by eliminating potential Aedes aegypti breeding grounds. This includes cleaning gutters and dumping standing water in empty pots, buckets trash cans and pet bowls. Boat owners should also check tarps for standing water.


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dengue fevrer sucks, ive had it. its not called 'breakbone fever' for nothing. you dont want to get this.


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I saw Miami-Dade has some active cases of West Nile. In the Keys, in addition to dengue, there has been West Nile, chikungunya, zika, and another one I cannot remember in recent times. We had Mosquito Control flying over and spraying, but we still had these diseases. However, with two of them popping up at this particular time, I am thinking just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you.


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Scary! I had dengue back in 2011 and it was some kind of rough!

I was told that the first time was bad but the second time can be fatal. I ALWAYS wear deet and am super careful when in a country where it is present. I sure do hope they get it out of the USA. :(


Dengue fever in 2009 destroyed my immune system and the Lyme my body had held off since 1976 was able to take over.
Dengue is no fun party for sure..