Folks in Martin County are breathing a sigh of relief. The Palm Beach Post reports The Florida Department of Health has declared an end to its 2013 dengue fever advisory. There hasn’t been a case of dengue fever in Martin County since mid-September. Over five months, 22 people who lived or visited the Rio-Jensen Beach area developed the tell-tale symptoms of high fever and bone-racking aches. All had been ill with the same sub-type of dengue virus, one that’s widespread in other parts of the world. Officials believe an infected visitor brought it here some time in May, and voracious mosquitoes made sure the virus spread.

In Palm Beach County, as recently as mid-November two sentinel chickens from health department test flocks were positive for another dangerous viral mosquito-borne disease, St. Louis encephalitis.

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