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Thousand people every year but in Florida dengue fever hasn't been a problem for the better part of a century.
Until now that is.
Doctors there are reporting an outbreak of the disease and since it's spread by mosquitoes.
They warn it could hit other southern states as well Phil Keating is live in -- -- more -- John dengue virus does well in Key West because -- west does well for mosquitoes there's a lot of lush tropical plants here.
A lot of rain in the hurricane season means a lot of standing water.
Like this right here in this -- really that's perfect.
Relaying his -- -- -- but the source of the dengue here in the keys after 75 years.
Truly remains a who done it.
It's not just the tourists that big of Key West this paradise.
So do mosquitoes.
These little things that resembled tiny -- balls are mosquito larvae.
Swimming and standing water samples.
But it's also the breeding ground for dengue fever.
So now small teams of anti mosquito assault squads roam the island.
Hunting the ankle byters it's booting out poison pellets my bones felt like they're gonna break.
Richard -- got dengue fever after a mosquito carrying it got him.
He ended up being hospitalized at Miami.
I started off with a headache.
On that Monday.
I had been -- the whole time.
Wednesday I couldn't move and this is the first dengue fever outbreak in the US since the 1930s.
Likely came in from a tourist.
And traveled from an endemic areas that can -- anywhere in the Caribbean or anywhere in a tropical or subtropical area.
Dengue is spread from mosquito to human to mosquito and so on.
The eighties that -- that mosquito is the prime carrier and it drives in the Key West climate.
Where tourists with a -- can't unknowingly take it back home.
That no vaccine exists for dengue fever and there is no cure once you get it shows up about a week after the mosquito bites you.
As you heard the pain is excruciating you just have to ride it out.
But you can't prevent it quite easily get some mosquitoes sprayed that has deep.
Quiet here scanned the structure around her ankles because -- for the mosquitoes love the by Jeff.
And that should keep your protected especially to come visit the lovely Florida Keys -- Phil Keating line and US thing.
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