Public health officials in Miami-Dade County, Florida, recently confirmed the first locally acquired case of Dengue fever in 2012.
The Miami-Dade County Health Department said that the victim was a woman between the ages of 60 and 70 who had not traveled outside the area in recent months, according to the Miami Herald.
The health department announced that the woman has since recovered from the mosquito-borne illness.
Dr. Alvaro Mejia-Echeverry, an MDCHD epidemiologist, warned residents to limit their exposure to mosquitoes by draining standing water on their property.
“Dengue is transmitted by the bite of the mosquito called Aedes aegypti, and this specific species is present in our community,” Mejia-Echeverry said, CBS News reports. “This disease cannot be transmitted person to person, but we need the community to take action to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.”
Dengue fever is a viral disease that cannot be spread from person to person. It can cause fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, and nausea. The symptoms are generally considered to be mild, but there is a rare hemorrhagic form of the illness that can be fatal. There is no specific vaccine against the illness.
More than a third of the world’s population is at risk for contracting Dengue fever and approximately 100 million people are believed to contract it every year. It is not overly common in the continental United States, but it is considered endemic in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Samoa and Guam, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.