By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials with the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County (DOH-Miami-Dade) issued a mosquito-borne illness alert today after reporting two additional locally-transmitted dengue fever cases in residents.
This brings the number of autochthonous dengue cases in the county to 14 this year and 16 statewide (one each in Broward and Hillsborough counties).
Florida has also reported 383 travel-associated dengue cases in 2019.
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. If you or a family member develop the mentioned symptoms, visit your health care provider or local clinic.