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Dengue Fever: What You Need To Know

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There have been 24 confirmed reports of dengue fever in the Key West area through mid-July, according to the Florida Department of Health. The last dengue outbreak in Florida dates back to 1934.

Dengue fever is caused by any one of four related viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, according to the CDC. It causes as many as 100 million infections and kills 25,000 people every year.

“We are concerned that if dengue gains a foothold in Key West, it will travel to other Southern cities … like Miami,” said Harold Margolis, chief of the dengue branch of the CDC in a press release in July. Dengue is the most common virus transmitted by mosquitoes in the world.

The disease typically causes flu-like symptoms such as high fever, headache, and achy muscles, bones and joints. Symptoms typically begin about two to seven days after being bitten.

What can you do? Be proactive against mosquitoes. Wear clothing that covers the skin and use bug spray that contains DEET.

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent dengue, early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of severe illness.

For more information, the Sun-Sentinel has a great article titled: What to know about mosquito-borne dengue fever.

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