Miami health officials confirm dengue fever

MIAMI (AP) - South Florida health officials are reporting the first suspected case 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, a common
urban mosquito in the U.S. and Caribbean. It is also known as breakbone fever because of the intense joint pain suffered in extreme cases.

The Miami-Dade County Health Department will give details of the case at a press conference Thursday.

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

Dengue mosquitoes bite in and around homes, during the day and at night when lights are on.