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  1. by   indigo girl
    Second case of dengue fever reported in Palm Beach County

    Just another day in Florida. A mosquito bite leading to a 911 call, a "mean" case, they are saying. There is no acquired immunity, and you get sicker each time you are re-infected.

    Quote from www.palmbeachpost.com
    Palm Beach County health officials have raised the dengue-fever threat level from an advisory to an alert, meaning people should take precautions against mosquito bites, after a second person has been confirmed ill by state labs.

    Dengue is widespread in the Caribbean, but until recently it didn't have a foothold in the United States. The Bahamas is in the midst of a severe outbreak, and Martin and Miami-Dade counties, as well as the Keys, have seen locally acquired cases too.

    Palm Beach County has now had two locally acquired dengue cases confirmed within a few weeks, and the cases came from people living in different parts of the county, one central and one west, health department spokesman Tim O'Connor said.

    "It was a 911 incident. This person was tested and hospitalized, very sick," he said.
    (hat tip crofsblog)