First locally acquired case of chikungunya fever confirmed in St. Lucie County

Second case reported in Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health has confirmed the first case of locally acquired chikungunya fever in St. Lucie County and second locally-acquired case in Palm Beach County.

The disease is spread by bites from infected mosquitoes.

The infected person in St. Lucie County is an adult who lives in a residential area north of Dan McCarty School in Fort Pierce.

The individual did not require hospitalization and is recovering.

Meanwhile Mosquito Control and the health department began aggressive efforts in the surrounding areas on Monday, according to a statement by the Florida Department of Health.

Symptoms of chikungunya fever include sudden onset of high fever (102⁰F or greater), severe joint pain mainly in the arms and legs, headache, muscle pain, back pain and rash.

It typically takes an average of three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito for symptom to appear.

Most people who are infected feel better after a few days or weeks, however, some people may develop long-term effects.

The FDOH says complications are more common in infants younger than a year old, in people older than 65-years-old, and in people with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

Officals are encouraging Floridians and visitors to take precautionary measures to help reduce the chance of being bitten, such as draining standing water on your property and keeping your skin covered.

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