Dengue Fever: Palm Beach County officials ask residents to empty standing water

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Palm Beach County Mosquito Control staff are asking for help from residents across the county to check their yards for standing water.

Gary Goode of Mosquito Control says standing water serves as a breeding ground for the Aedes egypti mosquito, once known as the "Yellow Fever mosquito." This breed was once known for spreading Yellow Fever, and now it's known for carrying Dengue Fever, Goode says.

The best way to combat the problem, according to Mosquito Control, is to get rid of standing water in your yard.
Staff urge you to check your yard and patio. Check buckets, kiddie pools, trash cans, etc.

Also, check your patio screens. If they are ripped, get them fixed.

If you keep an ornamental water garden in your yard, invest in some fish. Goldfish, guppies and minnows eat mosquitos.

Mosquito Control staff are fielding calls from residents who are worried they may have a problem in their yard. Staff have been visiting homes to check the yards and help homeowners prevent the spread of this breed of bug.

The agency is taking proactive measures after several people were diagnosed with Dengue Fever in our area. Seven people came down with the disease in Martin County and one person was infected in Miami-Dade County.

Mosquito experts say the disease comes from people who have been infected with Dengue Fever in the Caribbean and Central America. If a mosquito here bites an infected person, the bug can then spread it to another person.

The disease can not be spread person-to-person, just by a mosquito bite.

The symptoms include a high fever, headache, joint and bone pain and a rash.

If you think you have these symptoms it's crucial you go to the doctor and get it reported to the local health department.

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