2nd chikungunya case confirmed in Manatee

Manatee County, Florida -- Another case of Chikungunya has been confirmed in Manatee County.

The individual 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."

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This is the second case of Chikungunya in Manatee County. So far there have been 82 cases confirmed in Florida, two of which have been contracted locally.

Chikungunya Fever is an illness caused by the chikungunya virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.

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"To prevent chikungunya, it is vital that Floridians and visitors continue to avoid mosquito bites" said Dr. Jennifer Bencie, DOH-Manatee Administrator.

How do you avoid mosquitoes in Florida? Here are some tips:

  • Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated.
  • Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
  • COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeves.
  • Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
  • Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective.
  • COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screens on windows, doors,
  • porches, and patios.

To learn more about the chikungunya virus click here.


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