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Second Case of Chikungunya Confirmed in St. Pete Area

A photo of the Aedes aegypti, one of two types of mosquitoes said to carry the Chikungunya virus. (CDC/Wikimedia Commons)
A photo of the Aedes aegypti, one of two types of mosquitoes said to carry the Chikungunya virus. (CDC/Wikimedia Commons)

The Florida Department of Health confirmed a second case of Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus, in Pinellas County Tuesday. 

There have been 81 confirmed cases of Chikungunya in Florida in 2014.

Health officials say the illness is transmitted by the same mosquito that carries dengue fever.

The illness can cause high fever, joint pain and fatigue.

Chikungunya is not carried person-to-person.

Infected persons are advised to stay away from others while they are ill.

The Florida health department advises to remove standing water from immediately outside dwellings and use of mosquito repellent when outdoors — a good note during Florida's rainy season. 

For more on Chikungunya, click here to view information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Julie Merring July 15, 2014 at 08:51 PM
I'm confused. If it's not carried person to person, why do you have to stay away from others?
Jh Mausy July 16, 2014 at 12:31 AM
Chikungunya virus is not directly transmited from person to person, but need a vector which is mosquito (aedes family : Aegypti and Albopictus). So when a person is infected, if she is bitten by a mosquito, the mosquito will carry the virus from this infected person to another person the mosquito will bite. That's the way the outbreak of mosquito-borne virus (Chikungunya, dengue, ....) spread. More information on : www.chikungunya.net
Julie Merring July 16, 2014 at 01:01 AM
Thank you JH. That totally clears it up. I appreciate it!

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