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Health Official Urges Precautions for Dengue Fever

1:32 PM, Sep 22, 2009   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) -- A state health official is urging Floridians to take precautions against dengue fever after three people were diagnosed with it.

Health officials said all three people have since fully recovered from the disease.

Dengue fever is a flulike illness spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito.

Carina Blackmore, state public health veterinarian, on Tuesday said that the mosquito is found in high concentrations in South Florida and the Keys, where the three people had initially contracted the disease.

She said experts believe it is a small localized outbreak that is not expected to spread across Florida.

People should drain standing water in flower pots and bird baths and they should apply insect repellent.


Associated Press

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