May 25, 2010

BRING BACK DDT (CONT’D): More on Florida’s dengue fever outbreak. “Last August, an alert doctor in upstate New York realized that one of his patients, whose only recent travel had been to Key West, Fla., had dengue — a mosquito-borne virus that causes joint pain so severe it is nicknamed “break-bone fever” in Latin America and Asia. According to last week’s report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida health authorities have since found 27 more cases, all in Key West, the last in April. . . . Although there have been outbreaks along the Texas-Mexico border since 1980, the disease had not been seen in Florida since 1934. Unlike malaria, which is caused by a parasite, dengue is a virus, and there is no cure.”

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