Health Department reports Dengue fever case in Miami-Dade

Patient has since recovered

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MIAMI - The Miami-Dade Health Department reported the first locally acquired case of Dengue fever in the county on Thursday.

The health department said doctors diagnosed the person with Dengue fever based on symptoms. That diagnosis was confirmed by laboratory tests.

The person has fully recovered from the illness.

Dengue fever is a viral disease transmitted by a type of mosquito common to the southeastern United States and the tropics.

It is not spread from person to person.

Symptoms include: fever (over 101 degrees), severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle, joint and bone pain, rash, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting.

"You want to do what you can to avoid it. In South Florida, these mosquitoes, particularly with all the rain we've been having, you want netting for the young kids if you can. You want to make sure there's no standing water around, you know, in areas that collect it," said Dr. Ariel Soffer with the Soffer Health Institute. "Spray yourself liberally with protectants."

There is no specific medication or vaccine for Dengue fever.

If you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctor.

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