Florida man diagnosed with dengue fever recovering
Orlando, FL, United States (4E) – A 19-year-old man from Seminole County, Florida has been recently diagnosed with dengue fever and is said to be recovering.
The Orange County Health Department has confirmed Tuesday that they are investigating the locally acquired case of dengue fever reported near the Seminole-Orange County line by the University of Floria that has been validated by laboratory tests.
Health department spokesman Dain Weister said that it is the first case of locally acquired dengue fever documented in either county since the 1960s. Both Seminole and Orange County Health Departments are investigating.
Weister explained that dengue fever is a viral disease transmitted by a mosquito type common to the southeastern United States and the tropics. Mosquitoes typically bite at dusk and dawn, but the mosquitoes that carry the disease attacks during the day as well.
Some of dengue fever symptoms include high fever, severe headache, severe muscle and joint pains, rash, nausea, loss of appetite and vomiting.
The Orange County Health Department has been urging all residents and visitors to take safeguards against mosquitos and diseases by practicing drain and cover. Those who are always outdoors should cover up by wearing shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves and apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. To keep mosquitoes out of the house, doors and windows should be covered with screens.
Anyone experiencing symptoms consistent with dengue fever should call the doctor immediately.
In 2010, Florida had around 17 reported cases of locally acquired dengue fever, all obtained along the Key West area. In July of that year, three people in Orange have been diagnosed with mosquito-transmitted dengue fever after being bitten by infected mosquitoes outside the U.S.