Dengue fever Central Florida: Orlando-area woman has dengue

Osceola woman has dengue fever, health officials say

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The Osceola County Health Department has issued a public health advisory after a 41-year-old woman was diagnosed with dengue fever -- the second confirmed Central Florida case in a week -- and a 73-year-old man was suspected of having the disease.

It's not yet known whether the unidentified woman had recently traveled outside the country. The Health Department is investigating the case. Meanwhile, it is urging residents to take precautions against mosquito bites, including wearing bug repellent and eliminating mosquito breeding areas such as standing water.

Last week, health officials in Orange County said a 19-year-old Seminole County man had contracted dengue fever near UCF.

Dengue fever is an illness spread by a breed of mosquito common to the Southeastern United States. It is not spread from person-to-person.

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