Dengue fever acquired near UCF: Man, 19, recovering from dengue - FOX 35 News Orlando

Seminole man, 19, contracts dengue fever near UCF

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A 19-year-old Seminole County man was diagnosed with a case of dengue fever acquired near the University of Central Florida, the Orange County Health Department said Tuesday.

There have not been any locally acquired dengue fever cases in Seminole or Orange counties in recent years, the Health Department said.

The man is recovering from the virus. His case was confirmed based on symptoms and laboratory tests.

Dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitoes and is not spread from person to person. The mosquitoes that carry dengue fever, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, can bite during all hours of the day and indoors, shady areas and in cloudy weather.

Both types of mosquitoes are present in Central Florida.

Symptoms of dengue fever include a fever over 101 degrees, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle and bone pain, rash, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. There is no specific medication or vaccine for dengue fever.

For more information on dengue fever, go to CDC.gov.

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