MANATEECOUNTY (970 WFLA) - The Florida Department of Health in ManateeCounty confirmed a second case of chikungunya fever.
Health officials say this person just returned from a visit to the Caribbean, where health officials believe the patient contracted the disease through mosquito bite. According to Ron Cox, epidemiologist for DOH-Manatee, "the patient was hospitalized for the illness, but has since been discharged and is recovering."
Chikungunya fever is an illness caused by the chikungunya virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.
"To prevent chikungunya, it is vital that Floridians and visitors continue to avoid mosquito bites" said Dr. Jennifer Bencie, DOH-Manatee Administrator. "Drain all standing water in the yard, even very small amounts. Use insect repellant with deet, and ensure all open doors and windows have functioning screens. Protect yourself both day and night."
Earlier this week, the Florida Department of Health confirmed the first two cases of locally acquired chikungunya, one in MiamiDadeCounty and the other in Palm BeachCounty. “Chikungunya is not contagious from person-to-person. However, if a person is infected and bitten by a mosquito, that mosquito may later spread the infection by biting another person,” said Cox.
To date, there have been upwards of 82 cases of chikungunya reported in Florida.
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