Dengue fever confirmed in Florida

A single case of dengue fever was recently confirmed in Marion County, Florida.

County Health Director John Grossman said that the confirmed case is the first to be registered in the area this year, according to Fox News. The patient reportedly contracted the disease recently while traveling abroad.

State health officials are urging residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes, which carry the disease and tend to reproduce more rapidly during the rainier summer months. County health officials have asked the county commission to authorize control measures such as fumigation of areas of the south of the city of Ocala.

Grossman said that the disease is easily transmitted from person to person by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that bite those who are already infected.

"We have requested the mosquito spray as a precautionary measure,” Grossman said, Fox News reports. “The risks of transmission from this mosquito-borne disease are very low, but as part of our mission to protect the health of Marion County citizens, we are taking additional steps to further reduce possible transmission."

Symptoms of dengue fever include high fever, dizziness, intense joint pain, skin rash and headache. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dengue fever affects approximately 100 million people each year, mostly those who live in tropical areas.