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Bugged By Panic

In September 2019, South Florida was placed under a mosquito-borne illness alert with new local cases of dengue fever reported in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Since January 2019, more than 2 million individuals in the tropical region have contracted the mosquito-borne disease, and 723 have already died from it, according to the Pan American Health Organization. Children are the most susceptible. Dengue is transmitted by the bites of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. South Floridians know that that is the same mosquito that spreads Zika virus, which swept across Miami-Dade County only two years ago. Unlike Zika though, dengue can be fatal.

Common dengue symptoms are high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyeballs, and joint and muscle aches; however, severe cases can results in shock, INTERNAL BLEEDING and death … and it is a horrible death, at that. “There is no cure for dengue and no antiviral agent we can give to shorten duration of illness,” said Bindu Mayi, professor of microbiology for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. “About one in 20 people will get a severe case and it has to be addressed. The best thing is prevention.”I don't recall anyone discussing this. EVER.

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