The Department of Health (DoH) for Florida has confirmed the first two cases of locally acquired chikungunya virus infection. The DoH has heightened surveillance of chikungunya virus as a result of the ongoing outbreak in the Caribbean islands and the Americas. The cases have been identified in Miami Dade County and Palm Beach County.
The DOH has issued a Press Release to raise awareness of chikunguya virus infection, how the infection is transmitted and ways to prevent infection.
Advice for Travellers
Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.