Test finds Miami man didn't have dengue fever after all

MIAMI

Test finds illness not dengue fever after all

Test results for a suspected case of dengue fever in the Miami area have come back negative.

The Miami-Dade County Health Department announced the first test results on Friday.

Dengue fever is a flulike illness spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, a common urban mosquito in the United States and Caribbean.

The Miami Beach man who was suspected of contracting the disease has fully recovered.

A recent study found 5 percent of Key West residents show evidence they have been exposed to the virus, but few became ill.

SARASOTA

Blobs on beaches are not tar balls

Those gooey globs washing up on Sarasota's beaches are not tar balls as many suspected.

The objects are oily enough and come ashore as slimy, black blobs. They're colonial tunicates, sea creatures that have a brown Jell-O-like body covered in mucus. They feed on other small sea creatures typically found on docks or rocks under the water.

Local environmental officials noticed the sea creatures several months ago, before the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Lately, though, several people have called the county to report seeing what they thought were tar balls.

Officials say no tar balls have washed up on area beaches.

HALLANDALE BEACH

Baby sperm whale washes ashore, dies

A baby sperm whale has died after it washed ashore in South Florida.

Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue officials say the whale, which was only 3 feet long, was found Thursday night. A veterinarian from Marine Animal Rescued tried to save it, but the whale died a few hours later.

ST. CLOUD

Firefighter zapped by overhead power line

A group of children at a central Florida summer camp saw a firefighter get shocked by a power line.

Authorities say the unidentified Osceola County firefighter was putting equipment into a ladder truck when the aluminum ladder touched the power line, delivering an electric shock. He was taken to the hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening.

The accident happened Thursday at the Osceola County Sheriff's Adventure Camp at Lake X, a rural location east of St. Cloud.

Associated Press

Test finds Miami man didn't have dengue fever after all 07/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:57pm]

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