The first case in which a person has contracted dengue fever from a mosquito bite in the Miami-Dade area occurred recently. The person who contracted the viral disease has been treated and is expected to make a full recovery.
During the year of 2015 there was only one single case of dengue reported in the Miami-Dade area. In 2014 there were six separate locally acquired cases of dengue reported in the Miami-Dade area of southern Florida.
Unlike Zika, Dengue is a virus that cannot be spread from person to person, but transmission can only occur from a mosquito bite. According to the Centers for Disease Control there are around one hundred million cases of dengue reported worldwide each year. Symptoms include a high fever, muscle aches, vomiting, severe headache, intense pain behind the eyes and skin rashes. Symptoms of the disease usually begin around fourteen days after an infected individual sustained a bite. If you are traveling to any high risk areas for dengue be sure to follow the guidelines set out by the CDC.
Have you ever known somebody who became infected with dengue fever?