Florida healthcare officials give tips on how to avoid mosquitoes carrying chikungunya

Florida healthcare officials give tips on how to avoid mosquitoes carrying chikungunya

Local health officials are urging residents to drain standing water, wear covered clothing and buy mosquito repellent in an effort to avoid chikungunya, the feverish and painful disease that recently arrived in South Florida and is still increasing in parts of the Caribbean.

One Miami-Dade woman and one man from Palm Beach County developed the virus this summer, in the first instances of chikungunya transmitted in the continental United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both people have recovered and there are no further updates on their condition, health officials said.

“It’s an isolated case,” said Tim O’Connor, the public information officer for the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County. “With everybody working together and fighting the bite we won’t see it spread.”

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