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FL residents urged to guard against mosquitoes

Posted by Sheli Muniz - email

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Health departments in northern Florida are urging residents to take precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses.

The Florida Health Department says cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been confirmed in sentinel chickens in Leon County.

The viral disease affects the central nervous system and is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Humans also can contract the disease.

Leon and Wakulla Health Departments say residents should protect themselves by avoiding the outdoors at dusk and dawn when the bugs are more active, wear clothing that covers most of your skin, and use mosquito repellent with DEET.

Also check around your home to get rid of standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs.

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