South Florida Hit with Dengue Fever First Time in 50 Years

Yikes! For the first time in half a century the US and South Florida in particular has been hit with Dengue Fever. From the Palm Beach Post:

The first locally acquired case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County in more than 50 years was confirmed Thursday by health officials. They warned people to take precautions against the mosquitoes that carry it.

“This is a big deal,” said Lillian Rivera, administrator of the Miami-Dade Health Department.

“We have not had a locally acquired case of dengue fever since the 1950s,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, the department’s chief epidemiologist.

The victim, described only as a man who had not traveled outside Miami-Dade County for more than two weeks, was briefly hospitalized but has fully recovered, Rivera said. His case was confirmed by laboratory tests.

Health officials said they don’t know where the man acquired the disease. It was a different strain from the one that has caused 57 locally acquired cases in Key West and one in Broward County.

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