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It's mosquito season: Officials on alert for chikungunya, dengue

It's mosquito season: Officials on alert for chikungunya, dengue

Now that the temperatures are rising, Central Floridians can count on nearly daily deluges of rain. But there's another thing the wet summer months bring: mosquitoes. This year, local officials are particularly worried about chikungunya and dengue, two mosquito-borne illnesses already circulating in the Caribbean and South America. The mosquitoes that carry these diseases mainly breed in containers of water. There have been no locally transmitted cases in Central Florida this year, and officials want to keep it that way. "I would never tell people not to go outside," said Dr. Christopher Hunter, director of Orange County Health Services. "I tell people to cover...

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