MIAMI, July 31 (UPI) — Health officials are warning South Florida residents that mosquitoes carrying dengue fever can breed in a few ounces of water, even indoors.
Ed Bradford, head of mosquito control in Palm Beach County, said he found Aedes aegypti breeding in one family’s bathroom, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Friday.
“They were in the Waterpik,” Bradford said. “The family hadn’t used it in a while, I guess, and there was a little water left in it.”
In Broward County, Evaristo Miqueli said the mosquitoes turned up under the water dispenser on a refrigerator.
At least 46 people have been infected with dengue fever in Key West in the past 10 months, the first outbreak of the disease in the continental United States in more than 60 years. While all the cases so far have been mild, the disease can be fatal.
Experts say Aedes aegypti can be trickier to deal with than other mosquitoes, including the ones that carry encephalitis, malaria and West Nile. Those species tend to bite at night and are most active after heavy rains, while dengue mosquitoes bite during the day and live in and around houses.
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