Florida DOH issues mosquito-borne disease advisory for Miami-Dade County

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory on Friday for Miami-Dade County after confirming 2013's first locally-acquired dengue fever case in the area.

The DOH confirmed the case of dengue fever in an 18-year-old male. Dengue fever symptoms include pain behind the eyes, weakness, dizziness, fatigue, fever, headache, joint pain and confusion. The department said healthcare providers should contact their county health department if an individual is suspected of having a mosquito-borne illness.

The DOH in Miami-Dade County reminds Floridians to be diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts with the phrase, "drain and cover."

The department recommends that Florida residents drain standing water in containers, discard old tires and other items that aren't being used, empty and clean birdbaths and pets' water bowls weekly or twice a week, protect vehicles and boats from rain with tarps that don't collect water and keep swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Standing water can allow mosquitoes to multiply and spread disease.

The DOH also recommends covering skin with clothing or repellent and covering doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

The DOH in Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control are continuing surveillance and prevention efforts when it comes to mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.