A Dengue Fever alert has been issued in Palm Beach County, Florida after as second case was discovered. They have been several other cases throughout Florida in recent months.
Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses.
Dengue Fever causes joint and muscle pain – sometimes severe and is known as the “brake-bone-fever” as people say they feel like their bones are breaking. Symptoms start after a week of being infected and a fever of 105 can be found suddenly on some patients along with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, nausea, vomiting and a rash. Symptoms may last a week or more.
People become infected from a bite of a mosquito and cannot be passed from human to human. 2/3 of all fatalities happen in children. There is no treatment. You can treat the symptoms including rest and drinking plenty of fluids.
There is no vaccine yet for this infectious disease that mostly occurs in tropics and subtropics particularly during and after rainy season. There are approximately 100-200 cases each year reported to the CDC.