Dengue Fever is back. For the first time in nearly 60-years Miami-Dade health officials have confirmed a case of locally acquired Dengue Fever. The disease is carried by mosquito, and was thought to be under control in Florida since 1934. However a recent outbreak in the Florida Keys meant it was only a matter of time until the disease made an appearance in Miami.
"In Miami-Dade County, we now need to consider that Dengue is present," Sandra Fisher, Director of Mosquito Control,tells WSVN
. "It doesn't matter if it's north, east, west or south."
The disease causes symptoms similar to the flu, including a sudden fever with headache, muscle pain, and skin rashes. Nausea, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal side effects can also occur. In some cases, the disease can be fatal.
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