Hillsborough County reports local dengue case, 12th in the state

Hillsborough County, FL health officials are reporting a confirmed local transmission of dengue fever, prompting the issuance of a mosquito-borne advisory.

This follows 11 previous locally acquired cases (Miami-10 and Broward-1) this year.


In addition, Florida has seen a larger number of travel-associated dengue cases this year. Through Oct. 5, 248 cases in individuals with travel history to a dengue endemic country have been reported.

Dengue is a virus spread through mosquito bites through the Aedes mosquitoes which also spread chikungunya and Zika virus. Most people infected with dengue have mild or no symptoms. Those that do develop symptoms recover after about one week.

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The common symptoms of dengue are fever and one or more of the following symptoms: headache; eye pain (typically behind the eyes); muscle, joint, or bone pain; rash; nausea and vomiting; or unusual bleeding (nose or gum bleed, small red spots under the skin, or unusual bruising). Severe dengue can occur resulting in shock, internal bleeding, and death.

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