The Miami-Dade County Department of Health is on the warning of mosquito-borne disease, confirming a second case of dengue in a county resident, at a time when it has also detected people with West Nile viruses and battle with coronavirus.
This is the second case of local transmission dengue detected by health authorities in Miami-Dade in 2020.
Miami-Dade has also confirmed 55 cases of West Nile virus, in addition to recording more than 167,000 cases of COVID-19.
Because there wasn’t *enough* to worry about: There have now been 14 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus in Miami-Dade County. pic.twitter.com/0BmWhGr4je
— Patricia Mazzei (@PatriciaMazzei) June 26, 2020
Most people infected with dengue have mild or no symptoms. Those who develop symptoms recover after about a week, according to health authorities.
Common symptoms of dengue include fever, headache, eye pain (usually behind the eyes); joint or bone muscle pain, rash, nausea and vomiting or unusual bleeding from the nose or gums, small red spots under the skin or unusual bruises.
Severe dengue can occur resulting in shock, internal bleeding and death.
Miami-Dade has also confirmed more than 50 cases of West Nile virus, in addition to recording more than 167,000 cases of COVID-19.
The county Department of Health urges people to take precautionary measures to protect themselves from mosquitoes:
▪ Drain stagnant water to prevent mosquitoes from multiplying.
▪ Drain water from trash cans, gutters, buckets, pool covers, refrigerators, toys, pots, or any other container where irrigation water or rain has accumulated.
▪ Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other unused items.
▪ Empty and clean bird baths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
▪ Protect boats and vehicles from rain with canvases that do not accumulate water.
▪ Keep pools in good condition and properly chlorinated. Empty plastic pools when not in use.
▪ Use repellent on skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridine, lemon eucalyptus oil, para-methane diol and IR3535 are effective. Always read label instructions carefully for approved use before applying a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
▪ Wear shoes, stockings, long pants, and long sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where there are mosquitoes.
▪ Use mosquito nets to protect children under 2 months of age.
▪ Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home and repair broken meshes on windows, doors, porches, and patios.