By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County (DOH-Monroe) reported this week on the state’s first locally-acquired dengue fever case of 2020.


This individual has received medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

DOH-Monroe and Florida Keys Mosquito Control District are working closely to continue surveillance and prevention efforts. Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is assisting with the investigation and has intensified its mosquito control activities.

Dengue can present as a severe flu-like illness with severe muscle aches and pain, fever and sometimes a rash. Usually, there are no respiratory symptoms. Symptoms of dengue will appear within ten days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Dengue fever is not contagious but is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.

In 2019, 16 cases of locally acquired dengue fever have been reported- Miami-Dade County saw 14, Hillsborough and Broward Counties reported one each.