By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in Miami-Dade County, FL have reported three additional confirmed locally-transmitted dengue fever cases today, bringing the total in the county to eight.

Miami-Dade County map
Image/David Benbennick

Two of the three local cases appear to be related.

Florida has reported nine autochthonous dengue cases including one case reported in Broward County last month.

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.

Florida: No human EEE reported in 2019 to date

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. If you or a family member develop the mentioned symptoms, visit your health care provider or local clinic.

Florida has also reported 235 travel associated dengue cases this year.