The first locally acquired case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County in more than 50 years was confirmed Thursday by health officials. They warned people to take precautions against the mosquitoes that carry it.
``This is a big deal,`` said Lillian Rivera, administrator of the Miami-Dade Health Department.
``We have not had a locally acquired case of dengue fever since the 1950s,`` said Dr. Fermin Leguen, the department`s chief epidemiologist....
Health officials said they don`t know where the man acquired the disease. It was a different strain from the one that has caused 57 locally acquired cases in Key West and one in Broward County.
Dengue outbreaks because of immigration was something I predicted in Alien Nation, as James Fulford pointed out when those cases appeared in Key West this summer. Typically, this new story doesn`t seem to be spreading in the MSM, although the Drudge Report is featuring it, as so often happens.
Buried in this news story, another gem:
..Leguen also repeated the warning to local doctors and hospitals to be on the lookout for cholera cases that might be spread by people returning from Haiti, where a cholera epidemic has killed more than 600 people