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Dengue Fever Hits Key West

In the summer of 2001, we took our toddler to the Yucatan in  Mexico and by the middle of the first night there, his face was swollen, especially his eyelids, from mosquito bites. I remember a conversation with a policeman who saw him and casually suggested he might have contracted Dengue Fever. As a mom, hearing that was disconcerting, to say the least.

According to the CDC, as many as 100 million people are infected yearly. There is no vaccine, and the most effective protective measures are to prevent mosquito bites. If you have any plans to visit the tropics or subtropics, take precautions. Read the ABC News article here.

If you are staying closer to home, here in the swampy DC area, you are not likely to be in danger of contracting Dengue Fever, but it is still best to avoid mosquito bites. The sooner you start the service the more effective it will be in your yard. With all the snow and rain, we will surely be having a strong mosquito season.