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.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.