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Feds warn mosquitoes will spread Dengue Fever

      KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Health officials say 5 percent of Key West
residents show evidence that they have been exposed to the virus
that causes dengue fever.
      The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the
Florida Health Department said Tuesday they launched the study of
antibodies after three dengue cases surfaced in Key West last
August, the first locally acquired cases reported in the state in
four decades.

       The CDC warned the disease could spread north through South Florida.
       Officials say 39 residents and visitors have actually come down
with the mosquito-borne disease.
      Dengue fever is a flulike illness spread by the bite of an
infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, a common
urban mosquito in the U.S. and Caribbean. It is also known as
breakbone fever because of the intense joint pain suffered in
extreme cases.

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