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With all this rainy weather this month, Leon County health officials are encouraging area residents to watch out for mosquitoes.

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Florida officials are investigating what could be the first homegrown, mosquito-borne Zika case in the continental United States. But an Orlando physician believes a local outbreak won’t hit the state as hard as other countries.

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Panama City Beach area chickens have tested positive for West Nile Virus and two horses in Jefferson have contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The Florida Department of Health is warning the viruses are transmitted through mosquito bites.

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The head of the Centers for Disease Control says there already could be Floridians with the Zika virus who have never traveled abroad.

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There are now more than 180 cases of the Zika virus in Florida. State health officials reported the highest number of new cases in a single day Tuesday.

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There’s been a lot of talk about Zika this week and how Congress could help combat the mosquito-borne disease through funding. Florida Governor Rick Scott and other stakeholders even traveled to Washington D.C., hoping a deal could be struck to fund the effort. So far, there are a number of proposals already on the table, including a bipartisan effort by Florida’s two Senators.

Bay County Health Department officials want residents to take precautionary measures to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses. Officials warn recent heavy rains in the area are likely to result in increased mosquito activity over the next few weeks.

The department's Assistant Director Sandon Speedling says one way residents can avoid getting a mosquito borne-illness is to remember the phrase “Drain and Cover.”

Mosquitos A Health Risk In Fla. Panhandle

Sep 13, 2012

Mosquitos are making people and animals in the Florida Panhandle sick. A new case of West Nile Virus in Gadsden Co. and three Leon Co. horses with a deadly mosquito-borne illness have health officials reminding everyone to protect themselves against getting bitten.The horses have contracted the usually fatal Eastern Equine Encephalitis, which can also infect people.Even though the weather’s been a tiny bit cooler and drier lately, Leon Co.