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Miami-Dade Health Dept. Confirms 1st Dengue Fever Case

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

It’s the first known case of locally acquired Dengue in Miami-Dade County in 2012.

The patient, who has not been identified, has fully recovered from the disease, according to the Health Department.

Dengue is a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes native to the southeastern United States and the tropics. 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.

There are measures you can take to guard against this disease. The steps include draining standing water, wearing long sleeve shirts and pants outdoors, avoid being outside at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active and cover your doors and windows with screens.

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