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Mosquito-Borne Dengue Advisory: What You Need to Know

South Florida health officials are urging residents to take precautions after confirming a case of mosquito-borne dengue in Miami-Dade County.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade said there is a “heightened concern of additional residents becoming ill.” As the peak of the storm and rainy season approaches in September, health officials are also reminding people to take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes — including the draining of any standing water on properties, clearing debris and covering the skin with proper insect repellent and clothing (see tips below).

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease that occurs in tropical and subtropical areas. Symptoms of dengue fever include severe headache (mostly behind the eyes), high fever, rash and severe muscle and joint pain. Although rare, severe cases can be life-threatening.

“Dengue is commonly known as ‘breakbone disease’ because you get such sever muscle aches and pains with dengue,” says Sergio Segarra, M.D. [1], chief medical officer at Baptist Hospital of Miami [2].  “A few days later, you’ll develop a fever.”

Several of the mosquito species found in Florida are capable of transmitting diseases to humans and some animals. Dengue emerged as a worldwide problem the 1950s. Although dengue rarely occurs in the continental United States, it is endemic in Puerto Rico and in many popular tourist destinations in Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“When the sun is setting, that’s when mosquitoes are most active,” says Dr. Segarra. “Wearing protective clothing is the best way to protect against mosquito bites.”

Tips for Protecting Yourself

‘Drain and Cover’ Tips

For more information to help limit mosquito exposure, click here [3].