(PALM BEACH POST) — Three new cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in Martin County, local health department officials said Friday.

The additional cases raise the total number locally acquired cases reported since last week to seven.

Denguefever is a mosquito-borne illness that is widespread in the Caribbean but uncommon in the United States. It is most commonly carried by a daytime-biting household mosquito called the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle and joint soreness. Some cases also get a heavy, red skin rash that looks like a case of measles.

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