Published On: Sat, Aug 24th, 2013

Dengue fever confirmed in Miami-Dade County, Treasure Coast total now at seven cases

After reports of  “locally-acquired” dengue fever cases in Martin and St. Lucie Counties on Florida’s east coast, their neighboring county to the south, Miami-Dade announced Friday the confirmation of a case of the mosquito borne disease.

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The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County says they have a confirmed, locally-acquired dengue fever case in a 18-year-old man, prompting health officials to issue a  mosquito-borne illness advisory.

Dr. Alvaro Mejia-Echeverry, a medical epidemiologist with the Florida Department of Health’s Miami-Dade office said, “He did not report any travel history in the timeframe that we would consider to be important,” according to a Miami Herald report.

In addition, Meji-Echeverry says the young man has fully recovered from his bout with dengue fever.

In a follow up in Martin County, The Martin County Health Department has reported three additional cases yesterday, bringing the total on the Treasure Coast to seven.

Florida health officials advise the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts. This includes draining standing water, using protection against mosquito bites and ensure your home’s  doors and windows are covered with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
Dengue is a disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses (DENV 1, DENV 2, DENV 3, or DENV 4). The viruses are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

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