Human Case of Dengue Fever Confirmed in Hillsborough County

Human Case of Dengue Fever Confirmed in Hillsborough County

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County has confirmed a case of locally acquired dengue fever, attributed to a mosquito bite. In response, officials are conducting aerial spraying to control the mosquito population and prevent further transmission. The department is also urging residents to take precautions against mosquito bites, such as draining standing water around their homes to eliminate breeding sites, wearing protective clothing, and using insect repellent.

Additionally, the public is encouraged to report dead birds to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as part of broader surveillance efforts. The Florida Department of Health is maintaining statewide monitoring for other mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus, malaria, and chikungunya. Symptoms of dengue fever can range from high fever and severe headaches to muscle and joint pain, with severe cases potentially being fatal.

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