In a follow-up to a report earlier this week, health authorities in Monroe County, FL reported eight additional cases of Dengue fever.
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County says all indications are that these infections were locally acquired.
All the cases are being treated and are expected to recover.
This brings the local transmission of dengue cases in Monroe County to 10 this year and 11 in Florida to date (one case in Miami-Dade).
DOH-Monroe and Florida Keys Mosquito Control District are working closely to continue surveillance and prevention efforts. Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is assisting with these investigations and has intensified its mosquito control activities in the Key Largo (Upper Keys Area).
Dengue can present as a severe flu-like illness with severe muscle aches and pain, fever and sometimes a rash. Usually, there are no respiratory symptoms. Symptoms of Dengue will appear within 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Dengue fever is not contagious but is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Aedes aegypti mosquito merchandise
The emergence of these Dengue cases reinforces the importance for the public to prevent insect bites and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure. These measures include intact windows and screens and the use of air conditioning, keeping the area around your residence free from containers that collect water, wearing protective clothing and the appropriate use of insect repellents.