Florida facing threat from two mosquito-borne diseases

June 5, 2014 12:12 AM

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Florida facing threat from two mosquito-borne diseases

Two mosquito-borne diseases – dengue fever and chikungunya – are posing a serious threat to Florida and residents should take steps to control mosquito populations to try to limit the danger, a leading health expert said on Wednesday.

The Florida Department of Health, in its latest weekly report, said that through last week dengue fever had been confirmed in 24 people in Florida and chikungunya confirmed in 18 people. Both are viral diseases spread by mosquito bites.

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