October 22, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Doctors say a woman in the Las Vegas area has
been diagnosed with potentially fatal dengue fever.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports a woman had been admitted to a southern Nevada hospital where she was diagnosed with the mosquito-borne illness. Southern Nevada Health District on Monday confirmed the agency had heard of the finding and is investigating the case.
Officials say the patient likely was infected outside the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say dengue fever
is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and
subtropics but is rarely found in North America.
Dengue fever is not transmitted from person to person unless a
mosquito carries the disease between people. Initial symptoms
include high fever, a headache and muscle pain.
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