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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Florida health officials have confirmed the first case of locally acquired Dengue fever in Miami-Dade County.
The infection is primarily spread through bites of infected mosquitoes.
The person infected with the virus has already received medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
Health officials are investigating close contacts around the person to make sure more people are not infected.
Miami-Dade Mosquito Control says they are conducting aggressive mosquito control efforts in the area of concern.
Dengue fever can present itself as a flu-like illness with muscle aches, pain, fever and sometimes a rash. The symptoms appear within 14 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito and can last for up to a week.
This is the second case of locally acquired Dengue in Florida this year but this is the first case for Miami-Dade County.
The confirmed Dengue fever case comes as Florida health officials are combatting the spread of the Zika virus – spread through mosquitoes and sexual contact.
The virus – linked to severe birth defects in newborns – has spread through parts of Miami-Dade County including Miami Beach and the neighborhood of Wynwood. While Wynwood has been declared Zika-free meaning there are no local transmissions happened, parts of Miami Beach are still considered a Zika transmission zone.
There is also speculation there may be another transmission zone. Four new cases reported Tuesday are still being investigated since officials have not been able to find a point of exposure.
Mosquito control has conducted spraying by ground and air meant to fight the spread of the virus.
As of Wednesday, there were 109 non-travel related cases in Florida and 693 travel-related cases. Of those cases, 91 pregnant women have been infected.