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Second Miami-Dade Dengue Fever Case Confirmed

Health Department says second person showed symptoms of illness



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    391296 01: FILE PHOTO: An Asian Tiger mosquito feeds from the blood from a person in an undated photo. Officials are warning about a rare mosquito invading the West Coast that has been known to carry Dengue fever and other diseases abroad. Health officials say that the bugs are coming from Asia in shipments of popular bamboo plants. (Photo by Jack Leonard/New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board/Getty Images)

    The second locally acquired case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County was confirmed Wednesday by the county Health Department.

    The Health Department said the person showed symptoms of the illness and lab tests confirmed it was dengue. The person has fully recovered from the symptoms, the health department said.

    The first case of locally acquired dengue in Miami-Dade was reported this past November. That person also fully recovered.

    Dengue fever is a flu-like illness spread by the bite of a type of infected mosquito that is common in urban areas in the U.S. and Caribbean.

    More than 100 million cases of dengue are reported each year, though the illness is not spread from person to person. Symptoms run from a fever and rash on infants and young children to severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pains in older children and adults.