The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has confirmed its first case of chikungunya, the illness that is spread by bites from infected mosquitoes.
The Health Department points out, however, that the person recently traveled to the Caribbean, and got the disease while there.They have not released any other information on the individual.
So far this year, there have been 48 cases of chikungunya across the state.
Symptoms include high fever, severe joint pain and a headache about three to seven days after getting bitten.
The Health Department says it is very important to protect yourself from mosquitoes.
They suggest you get rid of all standing water where mosquitoes may breed. If you have a pond, they say you should put minnows in it to eat the mosquito larvae. And the best part? You can scoop minnows out of a local lake for free.
In addition, they recommend putting a larvicide in your pond.
The experts also advise not going out at dawn or dusk if possible. If you do, they suggest wearing long sleeves, long pants, and spray on a product that contains DEET.
DEET comes in a variety of concentrations. Pick the one that is appropriate for you: 100-percent DEET for your clothes, 25-percent for trips into the woods, 15-percent for everyday activities, and five-percent for your kids.
Helpful resources from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention:
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