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HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES ADVISORY

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The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County (DOH-St. Johns County) today advises residents of an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity within some of the sentinel chicken populations in St. Johns County. Sentinel chickens are used to detect some mosquito-borne illnesses. In St. Johns County, several sentinel chicken populations tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). It is important to note that no known human cases of EEE are confirmed at this time. However, the potential for the risk of transmission to humans has increased.