Dengue fever update (video): 20 confirmed cases acquired in the Rio and Jensen Beach area

Of the cases, 13 are Martin County residents, two non-Florida residents, one  Palm Beach County resident and four St. Lucie County residents who visited  Martin County, the health department said.
See WPTV video below:

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The Florida Department of Health advises the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts. These include remembering to “Drain and Cover”.

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying

· Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

· Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.

· Empty and clean birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week.

· Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.

· Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent

 CLOTHING – Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.

 REPELLENT – Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.

· Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.

· Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house

 Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

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