Skip to comments.Dengue Fever Hits Key West
Posted on 05/23/2010 3:58:48 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
More than two dozen cases of locally-acquired dengue fever have hit the resort town of Key West , Fla., in the past nine months, officials from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
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That’s because they stopped the aerial spraying years ago. It was inevitable that this would show up. They are morons! If it’s in Key West, it’s probably in the Everglades and other parts of South Florida as well.
In Key West? I doubt that is the reason. They are pretty strict about illegals in Monroe County, except for mainland Monroe, Dade and Broward, not so strict.
i had it
No...it can't be. No more than uncontrolled immigration to Pacific Islands by US troops in WWII caused outbreaks of bone break fever on those islands.
Well, there goes my trip to the Keys. Uh, wait a minute. I usually don’t go any further south than Homestead. Maybe, next year....
I've read about it in medical journals. Yikes. You are understating it a bit, aren't you? :-)
Growing up in South Florida, I recall the trucks going up and down streets spraying insecticide. To us, they were fog trucks that we ran behind, hiding in the fog.
Nearing 62 years old I have no ill effects nor does anyone else I am in touch with that I grew up with.
DDT was the most effective weapon combatting this and many other mosquito borne disease, which are worse than possible ill effects of DDT.
I’d imagine AIDS has got a leg up down there also...
Yup, DDT. Or perhaps we should just appease the mosquitos. Give them equal rights. Or are bugs ok to kill? Just not trees? Why or why not?
My point, I guess, was infectious diseases are just that: infectious. Anyone can be a carrier. Making it an illegal or immigration issue is counterproductive.
I grew up in Daytona Beach. Every time we heard the spray plane making a pass, we’d run out to stand under it and get “rained” on. I’m 70 and going strong.
San Francisco and Key West: our very own Sodom and Gomorrah.
Heh...see my #11
Illegal alien mosquitoes. Seriously, any latitude South of the US border is prone to dengue, and it is a major pain in the butt of a disease. Three weeks of utter misery.
Speaking from personal experience, I knew a girl who got dengue in the Phoenix metro area, and she was not a happy camper. She had about eight truly weird and unpleasant symptoms, and none of the local doctors had ever seen a dengue patient. With an Internet diagnosis, based on symptoms, her boyfriend got her a test for the disease, which turned up positive.
Unfortunately, all the doctors could do was shrug. Nothing much they could do for it, but treat the symptoms. And recommend that she never, ever again travel South of the border. Because there is a general sense that a *second* infection with dengue is much more likely to go hemorrhagic.
“Dengue fever usually starts suddenly with a high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain. The severity of the joint pain has given dengue the name “breakbone fever.” Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are common. A rash usually appears 3 to 4 days after the start of the fever. The illness can last up to 10 days, but complete recovery can take as long as a month. Older children and adults are usually sicker than young children.
Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illness, but some can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever. With dengue hemorrhagic fever, the blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth, and gums. Bruising can be a sign of bleeding inside the body. Without prompt treatment, the blood vessels can collapse, causing shock (dengue shock syndrome). Dengue hemorrhagic fever is fatal in about 5 percent of cases, mostly among children and young adults.”
In other words, hemorrhagic dengue is like ebola fever. Sucks.
Yeah. Used to ride my bike in the cloud.
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