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skin-cancerThe dangers of skin cancer is being highlighted this month, especially in South Florida. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, the EPA reports.

No one is immune. Asians, non-white Latinos, and people of African or mixed descent can develop melanoma and other forms of skin cancer-and are doing so at increasing rates, according to national statistics. An aggressive form of skin cancer killed several famous people, including Jamaican-born reggae legend Bob Marley, who died at age 36 more than three decades ago in Miami, Florida.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMAn aggressive form of skin cancer silenced the living voice of Bob Marley, the legendary reggae star, who died more than three decades ago in Miami. Marley's musical legacy endures with sad notes about skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Every year more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed, the EPA reports.

No one is immune.  Asians, non-white Latinos, and people of African or mixed descent can develop melanoma and other forms of skin cancer-and are doing so at increasing rates, according to national statistics.

First Confirmed Locally Acquired Dengue Case in Miami-Dade County in 2013

Today, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County has issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory for Miami-Dade County. The first locally acquired Dengue Fever case in 2013 has been confirmed in an 18-year-old male.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness, pain behind the eyes, joint pain, and confusion. Health care providers should contact their county health department if they suspect an individual may meet the case definition for a mosquito-borne illness. Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control and the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County continue surveillance and prevention efforts and encourage everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure by following the department of health recommendations.

Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County officials received confirmation of the first locally acquired case of Dengue Fever in Miami-Dade County in 2013. The individual was diagnosed with Dengue Fever based on symptoms and confirmed by laboratory tests. The individual fully recovered from this illness.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County will hold a media availability (information as follows).

Who: Alvaro Mejia-Echeverry, MD, MPH, ARNP
         Medical Epidemiologist
         Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County

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