M-D Health Dept. Confirms Dengue Fever Case

MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Miami-Dade County Health Department officials confirmed Wednesday that a Miami-Dade resident has contracted Dengue Fever.

It’s the second known case of Dengue in Miami-Dade County in 2011.

The patient is a 44-year-old man who Health Department officials said has fully recovered from the disease.

Dengue is a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes native to the southeastern United States and the tropics. The M-D Health Department stressed that the disease is not spread from person-to-person.

The symptoms of Dengue Fever include: fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit; severe headache; severe pain behind the eyes; muscle, joint and bone pain; rash; loss of appetite; nausea and vomiting.

The health department said there are measures to take to guard against this disease. The steps include draining standing water, covering your skin, and covering your doors and windows with screens.

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