About a week after confirming the first cases of West Nile virus in Hidalgo County, health officials are reporting the first cases of dengue fever.
Eddie Olivarez, director of health and human services for the county, says three people contracted dengue fever after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Olivarez also confirms that in addition to the three cases announced last week, four other residents of the county have been infected with the West Nile virus.
Health officials do not disclose whether any of the patients have any serious symptoms. The symptoms are similar for both West Nile and dengue fever – fever, nausea, and joint pain. Dengue patients can also develop a rash. However, both diseases can be life-threatening for people with compromised immune systems.