Florida Under Dengue Watch

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed the fifth case of dengue in Miami-Dade County and remains under a mosquito-borne illness alert.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 2 million individuals in the tropical region have contracted the mosquito-borne disease, and 723 have already died from it, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

The most common dengue symptoms are high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyeballs, and joint and muscle aches; however, severe cases can result in shock, internal bleeding, and death.

Dengue is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which also spreads chikungunya and the Zika virus.

Children have been most susceptible.

“There is no cure for dengue and no antiviral agent we can give to shorten duration of illness,” Bindu Mayi, professor of microbiology for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, said according to a report.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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