MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A mosquito in South Florida has tested positive for the Dengue Virus.
The Florida Department of Health confirmed the first locally-acquired case of the Dengue Virus in Miami-Dade County on Tuesday.READ MORE: 'That's Not Going To Happen Here': Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Controversial Protest Crackdown Bill Into Law
The department did not release the location.
The infection is primarily spread through bites of infected mosquitoes.READ MORE: Feds Investigating Florida School District's Policing Plan For Sharing Private Student Information
The Health Department says “there is a heightened concern of additional residents becoming ill,” and “Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control and Habitat Management Division will continue surveillance and prevention efforts.”
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.
There are no vaccines to prevent infection. The CDC says that early recognition and treatment can “substantially lower the risk of medical complications and death.”MORE NEWS: Vaping Regulation Bill Headed To Florida House Floor
To protect yourself from mosquitoes, remember to “Drain and Cover.”
- Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
- Cover your skin with clothing and use mosquito repellent.
- Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.