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Denque Fever: PBC Mosquito Control Getting Proactive

Denque Fever: PBC Mosquito Control Getting Proactive

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Palm Beach County Mosquito Control is asking residents to check our yards for standing water, which serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes that were once known for spreading Yellow Fever, and now are known for carrying Dengue Fever.

The agency is taking proactive measures after several people were diagnosed with Dengue Fever in Martin County.

The best way to combat the problem, according to Mosquito Control, is to get rid of standing water in your yard.  You're urged to check your patio as well. Don't forget to look inside buckets, kiddie pools and trash cans. Also, check your patio screens. If they are ripped, get them fixed.

If you keep an ornamental water garden in your yard, invest in some fish. Goldfish, guppies and minnows eat mosquitos.

The symptoms of Denque Fever include a high fever, headache, joint and bone pain and a rash. If you think you have these symptoms it's crucial you go to the doctor and get it reported to the local health department.

The agency is taking proactive measures after several people were diagnosed with Dengue Fever in our area. Seven people came down with the disease in Martin County and one person was infected in Miami-Dade County.

Mosquito experts say the disease comes from people who have been infected with Dengue Fever in the Caribbean and Central America. If a mosquito here bites an infected person, the bug can then spread it to another person.

The disease can not be spread person-to-person, just by a mosquito bite.

 

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