Miami-Dade, Broward counties in Florida have issued alerts for the mosquito-borne Dengue virus (CBS Miami). YouTube Tips ⓘ
In 2023 as of August 18, 2023, there were 9 locally acquired dengue case in Miami-Dade County. In 2022, there were 64 locally acquired dengue cases, including a cluster of four cases in a single Miami neighborhood. Dengue is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and is not normally present in Florida. However, infected travelers can bring the virus back to Florida mosquitoes.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection. These may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin itching and skin rash.
Transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus (primarily Aedes aegypti, but also A albopictus).
State health officials are issuing a warning about dengue as the virus continues to increase in South Florida. https://t.co/4veSwYwspL
— ABC News (@ABC) August 17, 2023
— New York Post (@nypost) August 16, 2023
— VOZ (@Voz_US) August 17, 2023
Broward County is under a mosquito-borne illness alert this month as dengue fever cases have been reported. Proper mosquito bite prevention is necessary, such as wearing repellent, ensuring no standing water is present outside of your property, and keeping your doors closed. pic.twitter.com/RnsMhdeH2f
— Mayor Dean J. Trantalis (@DeanTrantalis) August 18, 2023
To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to “Drain and Cover”:
DRAIN standing water weekly to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.
Empty and clean birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week.
Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
Clothing – Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
Repellent – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone and IR3535 are effective.
Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
Tips on Repellent Use
Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended. Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone or IR3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label.
Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing.
In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol should not be used on children under the age of three years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than two months old.
Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.
If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer’s directions.
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
For up-to-date information on mosquito-borne disease activity in Florida, visit FloridaHealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/surveillance.html.