By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In a follow-up on the dengue fever situation in Florida in 2019, health officials in Miami-Dade County are reporting two additional locally acquired dengue fever cases.
The newly confirmed cases had no recent travel history, with one linked to the same household as a previous local case and the other linked to the same area as a previous local case.
This brings the total autochthonous dengue transmissions to 10 in the county and 11 in the state of Florida (one case was confirmed in Broward County).
In addition, Florida has seen a larger number of travel-associated dengue cases this year. Through Oct. 5, 248 cases in individuals with travel history to a dengue endemic country have been reported.
Dengue is a virus spread through mosquito bites through the Aedes mosquitoes which also spread
chikungunya and Zika virus. Most people infected with dengue have mild or no symptoms. Those that do
develop symptoms recover after about one week.
The common symptoms of dengue are fever and one or more of the following symptoms: headache;
eye pain (typically behind the eyes); muscle, joint, or bone pain; rash; nausea and vomiting; or unusual bleeding (nose or gum bleed, small red spots under the skin, or unusual bruising). Severe dengue can occur resulting in shock, internal bleeding, and death.
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