Miami-Dade reports dengue fever case

Officials with the Miami-Dade Health Department this week reported the first suspected case of dengue fever in the county.

Monroe County Health Department officials reported Thursday that there were 16 confirmed cases of dengue fever so far in 2010, reports, but they were limited to a small area of Key West. The cases mark the first reported cases of dengue fever in about 40 years, officials said.

Monroe Health Dept. Administrator Bob Eadie stressed to that the Key West cases were confined to a small area.

 “All of our cases have been confined to a limited area of Old Town Key West,” Eadie told “There is no indication whatsoever of any connection between the suspect case in Miami-Dade and Key West.”

The announcement comes on the heels of several reported cases in the Florida Keys. Health officials reported Tuesday that five percent of Key West residents showed signs they were exposed to the virus that causes dengue fever.

Dengue fever is a flu-like illness spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. It is common in areas of the Caribbean. More than 100 million cases of dengue fever are reported each year, officials said.

Symptoms of dengue fever infection range fever and rash to severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pains. There is no known vaccine or antidote for dengue.