the republic logo

3 cases of locally acquired dengue prompt mosquito-borne disease alert for Miami-Dade County


MIAMI — Health officials have issued a mosquito-borne disease alert for Miami-Dade County after confirming three more cases of locally acquired dengue fever.

Late last month, health officials confirmed that a 49-year-old and two 64-year-olds had contracted dengue fever in the county. That brings the total of locally acquired dengue fever cases in Miami-Dade County so far this year to four.

Mosquitoes transmit the dengue fever virus. Symptoms include high fevers and severe muscle and joint pain. There's no specific treatment or vaccine.

Dengue fever is widespread in other parts of the world, but local officials hope to contain it whenever it appears in the U.S. Residents are encouraged to drain standing water around their homes and wear mosquito repellent.

Last year, 23 cases of locally acquired dengue were confirmed in Florida.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.