Another case of chikungunya fever, a disease spread by bites from infected mosquitoes, has been reported in Central Florida, health officials said on Monday.
[READ: Chikungunya fact sheet]
According to the Florida Department of Health, the case was was confirmed in Orange County. The person infected had traveled to Haiti and fully recovered from the infection, officials said.
“Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to preventing infection with chikungunya and other mosquito-borne diseases,” said Dr. Kevin Sherin, director of the Department of Health, in a release. “Floridians and visitors are encouraged to take precautionary measures to help reduce the chance of being bitten. Remember to drain and cover.”
The Orange County case comes days after health officials reported another "imported" case in Brevard County
If a person is infected and bitten by a mosquito, that mosquito may later spread the infection by biting another person, officials said. If you experience symptoms of chikungunya fever, see a doctor immediately and protect yourself from more mosquito bites.