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.