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Central Florida Health News|July 2020
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HEATHER MACHOVINA

AS WE ROLL INTO SUMMER in the south, people begin spending more time enjoying the outdoors. With this increase in activities comes a higher concern for vector borne diseases like West Nile virus, dengue fever, and malaria. In the U.S., West Nile Virus is the most prevalent vector borne disease (transmitted by mosquitoes), accounting for about 100 deaths and almost 1,000 reported cases just in the last year alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47 states and the District of Columbia have reported West Nile infections in people, birds, and mosquitoes in 2019.

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