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2nd PBC Dengue Fever Case Prompts Alert

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PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX)  The Palm Beach County Health Department says it has identified a second case of locally acquired dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease.

Because it believes there are other likely cases the Health Department is raising the status level for mosquito borne-illness to an ALERT.

"We have been closely monitoring the county for the possibility of dengue. The second case is good evidence that it is becoming established here and all should be on the alert to prevent mosquitoes from biting," said Health Department Director Alina Alonso, MD in a written release.

Symptoms can include high fever, headache, body aches, rash and muscle weakness. Doctors say the symptoms can last for up to two weeks.

Battling the illness is not easy, but neither is battling the mosquitoes themselves.

The Health Department urges you to drain any and all standing water from around your home or business, cover windows with screens in good condition, use air conditioning when possible and cover yourself with lightweight long-sleeve clothing and pants.

In addition insect repellents containing DEET or picaridin are also effective in preventing mosquitoes from biting.

According to the Health Department the disease is characterized by acute onset of high fever, 3-14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

Symptoms include severe headache, muscle and bone aches, rash, severe pain behind the eyes and mild bleeding from the nose or gums.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should see their medical provider or if severe symptoms exist visit the nearest hospital or clinic.

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