Report Dengue Fever Spreading In

07.09.09 | FL News Team

Dengue fever, once a scourge of tropical climes, has spread to 28 states due to global warming. Bloomberg News says the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council has been tracking the fever's spread. It's transmitted by mosquitoes, and their territory is expanding thanks to warmer winters and changing rainfall patterns. They're now found as far north as Vermont and Minnesota, as well as in Florida and Texas and other hot spots. Dengue fever hits about 100-million people a year around the world and kills 22-thousand. The NRDC says it's an agonizing disease that attacks the joints and causes blinding headaches or pain behind the eyes, as well as fever.