Recent Cases of Dengue Fever in Florida  

26 June 2024 · 2 min read

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Dengue fever, a viral illness transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes, is prevalent in many parts of the world, including the United States, such as Florida. Recently, cases of this locally acquired disease have been reported in various parts of Florida, including our home, Hillsborough County. Health officials have confirmed cases in undisclosed areas of the county. Due to privacy laws, the exact locations have not been publicly identified. In response to these cases, mosquito control teams have conducted spraying in affected areas to reduce mosquito populations. 

What is Dengue Fever?  

Dengue fever is characterized by flu-like symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include: 

  • High Fever: Sudden onset of high fever, often reaching up to 104°F. 
  • Severe Headache: Intense pain, especially behind the eyes. 
  • Joint and Muscle Pain: Severe pain in muscles, joints, and bones. 
  • Rash: Widespread rash that may appear after a few days of fever. 
  • Mild Bleeding: Symptoms may include nosebleeds, gum bleeding, or easy bruising. 

In severe cases, dengue fever can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever or shock syndrome, which can be life-threatening due to severe bleeding and organ damage. 

Preventative Measures

Preventing this disease primarily involves controlling mosquito populations and avoiding mosquito bites: 

  • Eliminate Standing Water: Regularly empty and clean containers that can collect water, such as flowerpots, gutters, and bird baths, as mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. 
  • Use Mosquito Repellent: Apply EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Use according to label instructions, especially during peak mosquito activity times (dawn and dusk). 
  • Protective Clothing: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes when outdoors, particularly in areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. 
  • Mosquito Control: Use mosquito nets or screens on windows and doors. Consider using mosquito dunks in areas where standing water cannot be eliminated. 

Keep Alert 

Dengue fever remains a concern in Florida, particularly in areas where Aedes mosquitoes are prevalent. By taking proactive measures to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, using insect repellents, and staying informed about local health advisories, residents can help prevent the spread of this disease and protect themselves and their communities. 

References

https://www.fox13news.com/news/hillsborough-county-has-confirmed-case-locally-transmitted-dengue-fever

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