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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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.