|Published:||Jul 21, 2010 12:29 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 20, 2010 9:30 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla - Dengue fever has made its way to Southwest Florida.
The Lee County Health Department is reporting two people in late-June and mid-July tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness after traveling to Latin America. The revelation coming on the heels of federal health officials warning the potentially fatal illness that had once disappeared from the U.S. has made a comeback.
Mosquito control has acted to prevent a possible outbreak.
Traps were set at the homes of the two reported cases and mosquitoes that were caught were tested for the virus. Results, however, came back negative.
Dengue fever is a flu-like illness often described as break bone fever because of the intense joint paint suffered in extreme cases.
The type of mosquito that carries the virus is also problem. The insect breeds in small and dry places, but unlike other types of mosquitoes does not need standing water to grow.
The two people who contracted the virus are expected to make a full recovery.
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