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Miami-Dade Dept. of Health investigating 3 dengue fever cases

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- The Department of Health is investigating three cases of dengue fever in Miami-Dade and are urging others to take precautions.

The three cases include a 49-year-old and two 64-year-old individuals, bringing the total of locally-acquired dengue cases for 2014 in Miami-Dade County to four.

Per protocol, health officials are not releasing the information of the victim's but did say that they lived in the county.

According to officials, the symptoms of the victim's were developed a few weeks ago but just received positive test results and are alerting the community.

Symptoms of dengue fever may include severe headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness, pain behind the eyes, joint pain and confusion.

Alvaro Mejia Echeverria of the Miami-Dade Health Department was asked if he was concerned for the disease spreading. "There was always the potential to have locally acquired cases. We don't think we're gonna have an epidemic of dengue, just because the environmental sanitation here is very good," he said. "We still need to continue educate the population."

Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control and the Florida Department of Health encourage everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure. They have released the following list of tips:

  • DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying
  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pets' water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
  • COVER skin with clothing or repellent
  • CLOTHING - Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
  • REPELLENT - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
  • Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.
  • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
  • COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house
  • Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

Tips on Repellent Use:

  • Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
  • Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended. Other US Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents contain Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label.
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing.
  • In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the CDC, mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of three years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than two months old.
  • Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child's skin and clothing.
  • If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer's directions.

The victim's are said to be OK.

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