Miami sees first locally acquired case of dengue in 60 years

A Miami, Florida individual was diagnosed with the first locally acquired case of dengue fever in over 60 years.

Since confirmation by the Miami-Dade County Health Department, the patient has been treated and has recovered, Channel6NewsOnline.com reports.

The patient, who was not named in the report, was diagnosed with dengue fever as a result of his symptoms. The diagnosis was later confirmed through laboratory tests, Channel6NewsOnline.com reports.

Dengue fever is a viral disease that can be transmitted by a species of mosquito that is frequently found in the southeastern United States and the tropics. The disease has been thought to be under control in Florida since the 1940s but was recently registered as the source of an outbreak in the Florida Keys.

The symptoms of the disease include severe headache, muscle, joint and bone pain, loss of appetite, severe pain behind the eyes, rash, nausea and vomiting. There is no specific medication or vaccine for dengue fever, which can be fatal in some cases.

The disease, which affects 100 million people each year around the world, was considered to be under control in America. Investigators have shown that the recent Miami case is a different strain than the outbreak in the Florida Keys from last summer, according to Channel6NewsOnline.com.

The Miami-Dad County Health Department encouraged visitors and residents to apply appropriate safety measures, including avoiding outdoor activities where mosquitoes are present, cover skin with long sleeves and long pants, check drainage systems for mosquito’s eggs, use proper repellant and keep windows closed.