Dengue fever has had over 600 reported cases in U.S. states so far this year according to the CDC. In most cases, it causes high fever, body pains, vomiting and abnormal bleeding. A small number of people experience more severe symptoms that can lead to life altering ailments or even death.
Dengue in Florida
This Virus is becoming more common in Florida as the number of reported cases increases. Miami-Dade County reported their 11th confirmed case in 2019 this past Tuesday, and Broward County has also reported cases of the disease. A recent Florida resident to fall victim to the virus was in Hillsborough County, which is over 200 miles north of all other reported cases. It was also the first local case that was not contracted while traveling. Infected mosquitoes only travel around 100 yards, but if they continue to breed and multiply, South Eastern states North of Florida could also be at a growing risk of being exposed to the disease.
The Ankle Biting Army is Growing
The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is primarily responsible for the spread of Dengue Fever. Their numbers have been dramatically increasing. Within the last 3 years, they have been found in 38 additional U.S. counties that they didn’t previously inhabit. According to the Center for Disease Control, the Aedes Aegypti are now in 220 counties in 28 states and the District of Columbia, and their heaviest concentration is in Southern California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana and Florida.
Keep the Vampires at Bay
Garlic may work on vampires in the movies, but it won’t work on mosquitoes. Mosquito repellent or effective repellent alternatives, like a patch that can be worn on your clothing, should be worn during the day to keep the biters away. Also, any still water should be replaced weekly to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs. If you can’t dump and replace certain water sources around your home, or simply don’t want to deal with the hassle, leave these natural non-toxic mosquito dunks in the water source to kill larvae before they can hatch. They can be used in flood prone areas, planters, bird baths, and even in animal troughs because the natural ingredients are safe for animals and the environment.
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