Four reported cases of mosquito-borne disease in Florida and one in Texas.
For the first time since 2003, five people have contracted malaria in the United States, according to health officials.
Four people in Sarasota County, Florida, and one person in Cameron County, Texas, have contracted the mosquito-borne disease, state officials said. Cameron County is the southernmost county in Texas, about 1,300 miles from Sarasota, Florida.
All four Florida patients “have been treated and recovered,” he said A statewide A mosquito-borne disease advisory from the Florida Department of Health was released Monday. The health department urged residents to “take precautions by spraying repellent, avoiding mosquito-infested areas, and wearing long pants and shirts when possible—mosquitoes are especially active at sunrise and sunset.”
The last locally diagnosed Texas cases occurred in Palm Beach, Florida, in 1994 and 2003, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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