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Published On: Thu, Oct 3rd, 2013

Florida: New case of dengue fever brings Martin County total to 21

The Florida Department of Health in Martin urges residents to continue to take precautions against mosquito borne illness.

Aedes aegypti  Image/CDC

Aedes aegypti Image/CDC

Routine surveillance has confirmed one additional case of dengue fever, bringing the total to 21 locally acquired in the Rio and Jensen Beach area. This case dates back to the middle of June and was not part of the community survey, according to a press release Oct. 3.

In September, teams from the Florida Department of Health conducted a community survey on dengue fever.  Field teams visited approximately 2,000 randomly selected addresses in the Rio and Jensen Beach area, providing information on dengue fever and with consent collecting a blood sample for dengue fever analysis. In total, approximately 360 samples were collected.

The Florida Department of Health is now conducting analyses of the information and samples from the survey. Residents who participated in the survey are expected to receive notification of results by the end of October. Routine community surveillance for dengue continues.

On Wednesday, Martin County health officials reported that the sentinel chicken program had detected the presence of another mosquito borne virus, St. Louis encephalitis virus.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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