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Fla. health officials warn of viral mosquito-borne disease

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Officials report that three Florida residents who recently visited the Caribbean have contracted the disease. Officials report that three Florida residents who recently visited the Caribbean have contracted the disease.
TALLAHASSEE, FL (WFLA) - The Florida Department of Health is warning residents about a viral mosquito-borne disease.

Officials have received reports of three Floridians who recently traveled to the Caribbean and contracted chikungunya fever.

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The disease is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It has been documented in 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

The cases in Florida include a 30-year-old woman from Miami-Dade County; a 29-year-old woman from Broward County; and a 44-year-old woman in Hillsborough County.

Symptoms typically begin three to seven days after being bitten and include fever and severe joint pains, often in the hands and feet.

The Health Department advises residents to drain water from any garbage cans, pool covers and other items that may have collected rain water and wear repellent.

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