The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County (DOH-Monroe) has received laboratory confirmation of one additional case of Dengue fever. All indications of this infection show that it was locally acquired. This individual received medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
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.
There are now 22 confirmed cases of Dengue this year in the Upper Keys, Monroe County. DOH-Monroe and the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection are currently conducting epidemiological studies to determine the origin and extent of these infections.
Dengue can present as a severe flu-like illness with severemuscle 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.
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.
For more information, visit www.floridahealth. gov/dengue or www.keysmosquito.org. If you are experiencing any symptoms or have additional questions, please callDOH-Monroe at 305-293-7500 and choose option 3.
The Dengue response plan, the District has begun to show measurable progress in the campaign focused on the vicinity of Key Largo.
In addition to frequent neighborhood canvassing by inspectors, aerial mosquito treatments and ground mosquito treatments, FKMCD has stepped up mosquito surveillance; utilizing numerous ‘traps’ at multiple locations to ensure that every control effort is customized for maximum effectiveness.
The content of each ‘trap’ is analyzed and counted and most recently the number of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, those responsible for the spread of Dengue, has been trending downward in the areas of focus. This demonstrates that countermeasures being utilized are having the desired effect.
Community partnership is key in the control of this particular mosquito. FKMCD encourages all residents to remain vigilant when it comes to keeping their property devoid of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Remember to dump any standing water, cover or discard any container capable of holding water and remember to protect your person by using a reputable mosquito repellant or even better:
Cover your skin with clothing if you are going to be outside for an extended period.
To place a service request with FKMCD, visit www.keysmosquito.org or call 305-292-7190.