Dengue Fever is caused by any of four related viruses that are spread to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes, most commonly Aedes aegypti and, to a lesser extent, Aedes albopictus. Aedes albopictus has been found in many counties in West Virginia and has adapted to breeding near human homes. Dengue transmission has been confirmed in over 100 countries, primarily in tropical areas of Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The majority of dengue cases in the continental United States have been associated with infected travelers returning from dengue-endemic countries; however, local transmission of dengue has occurred in the past decade in Texas and New York, and Florida.
Symptoms of dengue include fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, rash, and severe cases may develop the hemorrhagic form of the disease. If you suspect you have been infected with dengue, you should rest, drink plenty of fluids, and consult a physician.