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September 28, 2011

Second Locally Acquired Case of Dengue Fever in Miami-Dade County

(Miami, September 28, 2011) – Miami-Dade County Health Department officials received confirmation of the second locally acquired case of Dengue Fever for 2011, in a 44 year-old male resident of Miami-Dade County.

The individual was diagnosed with Dengue Fever based on symptoms and confirmed by laboratory tests. The patient fully recovered from their illness.

Officials from the Miami-Dade County Health Department and Miami Dade County Mosquito Control Division will be available to answer media questions

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Time: 4:00 P.M.

Miami-Dade County Health Department
8323 NW 12th Street, Suite 212
Miami, Florida 33126

Operator Assisted Line: You may call: 1-866-372-5781 Conference Code ID: 14830911

Questions from those participating by operator assisted line will be taken after questions from reporters on-site conclude.

Dengue Fever is a viral disease transmitted by a type of mosquito common to the southeastern United States and the tropics.  It is not spread from person to person. 

The symptoms of Dengue Fever include, fever (over 101 degrees Fahrenheit), severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle, joint and bone pain, rash, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. There is no specific medication or vaccine for Dengue Fever.  If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with Dengue Fever, please call your healthcare provider to see if you need to be seen.

The Miami-Dade County Health Department encourages all residents and visitors to take appropriate measures to guard against these diseases.

DRAIN standing water:

  • Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
  • Discarded old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER your skin with:

  • CLOTHING - If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves.
  • REPELLENT - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.
  • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

COVER doors and windows with screens:

  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

For more information visit the DOH's Bureau of Epidemiology's web site at

Additionally, information on Dengue Fever, and other arboviruses can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases or you can call the Miami-Dade County Health Department at 305-324-2400 or visit


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