Doctors warn mosquito-borne virus that triggered health alert in Florida and ... trends now

Doctors warn mosquito-borne virus that triggered health alert in Florida and ... trends now
Doctors warn mosquito-borne virus that triggered health alert in Florida and ... trends now

Doctors warn mosquito-borne virus that triggered health alert in Florida and ... trends now

A mosquito-borne virus that prompted Brazil to declare a state of emergency may cause an unusual and embarrassing new symptom, scientists say.

Dengue fever — which is typically associated with fevers, rashes and internal bleeding — has now been linked to spontaneous erections that last hours.

Doctors in Burkina Faso, West Africa, floated the theory after treating a 17-year-old boy who was in the emergency department with a severe dengue infection.

The youngster had acute ischemia — where blood flow to part of the body is interrupted — and kidney problems due to his infection.

But doctors also noted he was suffering from a 'soft... persistent' erection which lasted for 18 hours and had occurred 'without any sexual stimulation'.

Rio de Janeiro declared a state of emergency amid surging dengue fever cases as millions of tourists prepared to arrive in Brazil for the city's famous carnival. Pictured: A health worker fumigates against mosquitos in Brazil, February 2

Rio de Janeiro declared a state of emergency amid surging dengue fever cases as millions of tourists prepared to arrive in Brazil for the city's famous carnival. Pictured: A health worker fumigates against mosquitos in Brazil, February 2

A patient is transferred to a hospital after receiving medical care at an improvised military aid station set up to treat suspected cases of dengue fever in Brazil, February 6

A patient is transferred to a hospital after receiving medical care at an improvised military aid station set up to treat suspected cases of dengue fever in Brazil, February 6

The above map shows states in the US that have reported locally-acquired dengue infections between 2010 and 2023

The above map shows states in the US that have reported locally-acquired dengue infections between 2010 and 2023

They believe this may have been caused by the virus infecting blood vessels in the penis and causing plasma to leak fluid into the shaft, making the penis appear larger and firmer than its flaccid state.

Writing in the journal Urology Case Reports, the doctors said: 'Dengue, by causing vascular leaks, could be a rare trigger for arterial priapism [spontaneous erections].'

US-based scientists told DailyMail.com that it was certainly 'possible' dengue could cause spontaneous erections, pointing out that Covid, mumps and even rabies have been linked to the symptom previously.

But they said it is probably an extremely rare complication.

It comes as Florida has reported two cases of dengue fever caught locally so far this year. It has also reported five cases in residents who had recently traveled outside the state. Last year, doctors issued an alert after a rise in the infection.

There is also a major outbreak in Brazil with 340,000 cases reported — four times more than the same time last year.

The country is erecting emergency clinics to deal with the surge of patients, and says 40 deaths from dengue have been confirmed so far.

For the case in Burkina Faso, doctor's treated the

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