Dengue cases in South Texas and how to avoid it

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Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 10:17am

Health officials in Cameron County are reporting the new cases of Dengue fever.

Regional health director doctor Brian Smith with Texas department of state health services says there are 14 reported cases of Dengue in Cameron County.

"They were reported locally by the hospitals. Cameron county picked up the reports and began to evaluate, and once they confirmed it was dengue cases, they notified the state, and we began to work on it immediately and had a CDC team here within 3 days."

Smith says most of the cases occurred at homes near the Rio Grande in Brownsville.

Some of the symptoms that you may have Dengue fever include high fever, a bad headache, eye pain, and rash on your chest or arm.

"If they feel they are really ill and have symptoms of dengue they should go to the emergency room or see their physician because there are subtle signs the dengue is more severe."

Smith says the best ways to avoid getting dengue fever is to remove any standing water around your home, so it's not a breeding ground for mosquitos.

Officials also advise you to wear mosquito repellent, dress protectively by wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, and to remain indoors at dusk and dawn.

Smith says they are continuing to track dengue cases in the Rio Grande Valley.

"We are looking at hospital records to see if we can find any other cases of Dengue and doing training in hospitals to see that after the CDC folks leave we can provide expertise in Dengue."

Smith says their are cases reported in Hidalgo County.

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