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Dengue Fever confirmed in Greater Orlando area, Ocala

According to Fox News Orlando, Dengue fever is confirmed in Orlando, and the Obama Administration is to blame!

OK, the first part of that sentence is true.  Dengue fever has been confirmed in Orange County, which includes Orlando and all your world-renowned theme parks.  The Fox affiliate is reporting that three Orange residents are stricken with dengue.  Here's the link, and the text:


LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - A health department official from Orange County has told FOX 35 that there are three cases of dengue fever in Orange County.

Late Thursday, health officials in Miami and Ocala were reporting the first suspected cases of dengue fever, a potentially serious mosquito-borne illness that had once disappeared from the United States.

Dengue fever is a flulike illness spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito (ay-EE-deez ee-JIP-ty), a common urban mosquito in the U.S. and Caribbean. It's known as breakbone fever because of the intense joint pain suffered in extreme cases.

Health officials say the Miami Beach man who is suspected of contracting the disease has fully recovered. No further information was released Thursday about the case in Ocala.

A recent study revealed five percent of Key West residents show evidence they have been exposed to the virus, but few became ill.

Orange County Health Department spokesperson Dan Weister said the cases in Orange County involve residents who have traveled to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

As we know, you can get a lot more than a sunburn by traveling to Puerto Rico, trinidad, and just about anywhere wlse in the Caribbean these days.  Anyone who goes to these areas without a) sunscreen and b) a ton of DEET-laden repellent, is crazy!

About an hour north of Orlando is Ocala, where horsemen and -women breed champion thoroughbreds.  It is equidistant between Orlando and Gainesville, where Gators breed national championships!  Anyway, Ocala has also reported its first case of dengue since Johnson was president.   Here is that story, from the Ocala Star-Banner:

Dengue fever identified in county

The Marion County Health Department has requested the Marion County Commission conduct a mosquito spray in the northeast area of Citra after receiving confirmation of a case of Dengue fever in the county.

More Information:

“We have requested the mosquito spray as a precautionary measure,” said Dr. Nathan Grossman, director of the Marion County Health Department, in a news release. “The risk of transmission from this mosquito-borne disease is very low, but as part of our mission to protect the health of Marion County citizens we are taking additional steps to further reduce possible transmission.”

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne virus that is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. It is usually seen in subtropical and tropical land regions. Symptoms are headache, fever, exhaustion, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands, mild bleeding and rash. There is no specific treatment.

Because the fever can be transmitted to another human from a mosquito that has bitten a person with the disease, citizens should take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

The Health Department advises following the “5 Ds:

* Dusk and Dawn – Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active.

* Dress – Wear clothing that covers most of the skin.

* DEET – Use repellents containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide). Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are options.

* Drainage – Check around homes and rid areas of standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs.

For more information, call 629-0137.

So dengue has gone from "What it that?" to "OMG!" Stay tuned, for i am sure there will be plenty more to read about.  And follow Avian Flu Diary and H5N1 for more details.  Their links are in the column to the left.

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