Florida had a bit of a scare last year when a case of dengue fever, also known as the West Nile fever, affected people. It was then considered a bit of an epidemic, in which the response of retaliation was a genetically-modified mosquito which might eliminate the disease.
Now another case of a person in Florida getting infected with dengue fever is being reported. The frightening part about this case is the 50-year-old woman never left the country. This means the dengue fever was made on local grounds, as opposed to getting it in another country.
According to an article by Local 10, health officials say the case is the state’s first locally acquired dengue fever this year. The Florida Department of Health’s administrator in Miami-Dade County said on Wednesday that the woman has now fully recovered.
However, the fact that the disease is local brings up major concerns, especially since dengue fever is not local to the United States. In other parts of the world, it is widespread and, at times, uncontrolled. As a matter of fact, most cases of dengue fever in the United States happen to someone who went outside the country and came back. In those cases, local officials do their best to contain the disease before it spreads.
However, Before It’s News included extra insight with their report. They state the Florida media is trying their best to brand the disease as “rarely fatal.” This is contrary to reports by CNN and other sources who call it “one of the deadliest and fastest growing diseases globally.” Could it be that the state is trying to prevent panic, or are they really speaking truth?
As for the the genetically-modified mosquito, there are still many people who are concerned. First, mosquitoes are the carriers of this disease, yet the U.S. is trying to create a sterilizing mosquito to control its population. Less mosquitoes, less carriers right? Unfortunately, time has proven that humans attempting to play God usually end in epic failure, either initially or later on. Take into account the large number of these Frankenstein mosquitoes that are being made and released. What if they don’t sterilize? What if the government just added more carriers for the virus?
Let’s hope that doesn’t happen, because the description of what one goes through with dengue fever is horrifying. According to Florida Health, it can be and extremely painful and debilitating experience if infected. Symptoms appear three to 14 days after the bite and include the sudden onset of fever, severe headache, eye pain, muscle and join paint — including extreme back pain — and bleeding. Gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea may also be present.