SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida (TodayNews) – State health officials have confirmed another case of local malaria.
This latest incident was reported in Sarasota County, the same location where several other cases were found earlier this month. A total of seven reports of malaria in the state mark the first localized outbreak in the United States in 20 years.
Health officials are urging residents and visitors to Florida to remain vigilant and take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites as Anopheles mosquitoes are the main vectors of the malaria parasite.
Malaria is a parasitic disease that can cause symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, and flu-like illness.
In severe cases, this can lead to life-threatening complications, especially if left untreated.
In addition to individual vigilance, authorities are also urging communities to cooperate in mosquito control efforts, such as removing stagnant water where mosquitoes breed and using mosquito repellents.
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