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Chikungunya Fever Detected In Duval County

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The Florida Department of Health in Duval County has confirmed a case of chikungunya fever. According to a release, the case involves a 49-year-old woman who recently traveled outside the country.

The disease is spread by bites from infected mosquitoes. If a person is infected and bitten by a mosquito, that mosquito may later spread the infection by biting another person.
“Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to preventing infection with chikungunya and other mosquito-borne diseases,” said Dr. Kelli Wells, director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County. “Floridians and visitors are encouraged to take precautionary measures to help reduce the chance of being bitten. Remember to drain and cover.”

Symptoms of chikungunya include sudden onset of high fever, 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 your health care provider immediately.

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Patrick Donges served as WJCT's Digital Content Editor from August 2013 - August 2014.