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Dengue Fever Advisory For Two Central Florida Counties

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The body of a female mosquito fills up and balloons as she sucks blood from a photographer's hand at Everglades National Park August 12, 2002 in Flamingo, Florida. The female bugs use the blood protein to feed their eggs then lays the eggs in water. The itch from the bite is caused by the human body's immune system responding to the mosquito's saliva.  (Photo by Tom Ervin/Getty Images)

The body of a female mosquito fills up and balloons as she sucks blood from a photographer’s hand at Everglades National Park August 12, 2002 in Flamingo, Florida. The female bugs use the blood protein to feed their eggs then lays the eggs in water. The itch from the bite is caused by the human body’s immune system responding to the mosquito’s saliva. (Photo by Tom Ervin/Getty Images)

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JENSEN BEACH (AP) — If you are planning to head to up the coast, you may want to pack some bug spray.

A health advisory regarding a rare mosquito-borne illness has been issued for Martin and St. Lucie counties along with all of Jensen Beach.

The advisory was issued when seven more cases of dengue fever were confirmed in those two counties.

Health officials said the illness is common in the Caribbean but has made its way to the U.S. through mosquito transmission. Now, mosquito control crews are working in the affected areas to prevent the disease from spreading.

FAST FACTS: Dengue Fever And Symptoms

Dengue fever leads to fevers, headaches and muscle and joint soreness. Some cases result in a heavy, red skin rash that can look like measles.

Officials advise residents to drain any standing water, cover their skin with clothing or repellent and protect windows and doors with screens.

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