[Press Release} Manatee Health Officials Confirm Case of Chikingunya Fever
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - [Press Release} Manatee Health Officials Confirm Case of Chikingunya Fever
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MANATEE HEALTH OFFICIALS CONFIRM CASE OF CHIKUNGUNYA FEVER
~Floridians are encouraged to take precautions to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses~
MANATEE COUNTY- The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County (DOH-Manatee) today
confirmed a case of chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) fever in an individual who recently traveled to the
Chikungunya is a disease spread by bites from infected mosquitoes. Statewide concern around the
disease increased in May, when Florida health officials began to learn of cases occurring in residents
across the state, following travel to Caribbean Islands.
There have been no reports of anyone acquiring chikungunya within the United States. However, there
is the possibility that if a person is infected and bitten by a mosquito, that mosquito may later spread
the infection locally by biting another person. The breed of mosquito known to transmit chikungunya is
active both day and night.
“Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to preventing infection with chikungunya and other mosquito-borne
diseases,” said Dr. Jennifer Bencie, DOH-Manatee Administrator. “Floridians and visitors are
encouraged to take precautionary measures to help reduce the chance of being bitten. Remember to
drain standing water, cover all skin with repellant or clothing, and ensure open windows and doors
have functioning screens.”
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
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.
People at increased risk for severe disease include older adults (≥65 years) and people with chronic
conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
Symptoms of chikungunya include sudden onset of high fever (>102⁰F), severe joint pain mainly in the
arms and legs, headache, muscle pain, back pain and rash. Symptoms appear on average three to
seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Most patients feel better after a few days or
weeks, however, some people may develop long-term effects.
If you experience symptoms of chikungunya fever, consult with your health care provider immediately
and protect yourself against further mosquito bites. Avoiding mosquito bites while you are sick will help
to protect others from getting infected.
For more information on chikungunya, visit the Florida Department of Health at
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/.
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For more information about the Florida Department of Health, visit www.floridahealth.gov.