Dengue Fever Arrives in United StatesJanay Rickwalder
Friday, March 15, 2013
During last year’s mosquito
season, everyone - from pest experts to the media to the general
population - was focused on the West Nile virus outbreak across the
United States. However, another mosquito-borne virus, Dengue fever, has been
confirmed in the States and is concerning government officials.
According to the
LATimes.com, a study published in the CDC
journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, identified Key West,
Fla., as the "ground zero for transmission of dengue."
Dengue fever, which is commonly spread through the bite of a
mosquito, causes flu-like symptoms and can be fatal in some cases.
Experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) say
avoiding the outdoors during prime mosquito activity during dusk
and dawn, wearing long sleeves and pants, and using insect
repellant containing DEET or picaridin, will help protect against