Mosquito-borne Chikungunya Detected In Florida



Mosquitoes are a such a menace. They are all but impossible to prevent. They breed constantly and are found in nearly all standing water. They are just about everywhere on the globe and are perfect vessels to carry virus’ and illness from place to place.

These biting nuisances have been known to carry and spread many diseases. Here are a few that originate with mosquito bites:

  • Malaria

  • Dengue aka Dandy Fever

  • West Nile Virus (Fever)

  • Yellow Fever

And most recently, Chikungunya Fever. Up until 2013 this virus had been reported in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific and Indian Oceans. In 2013 it was confirmed in the islands of the Caribbean. This was the first confirmed case on this continent. Recently, it has been detected in Florida. It is increasing its territory of concern.

Chikungunya Fever is caused from the Chikungunya Virus. It is rarely fatal, although the symptoms can be severe and temporarily debilitating. Usually within 3-7 days after the initial mosquito bite, symptoms rise to the surface. These symptom will likely include:

  • Fever (often upwards of 102 degrees)

  • Joint pain and swelling

  • Headache

  • Muscle pain

  • Rash -raised and spotted lesions

Doctors can verify the presence of the virus by the symptoms and blood tests. The usual course of treatment is rest, and plenty of hydration. Common pain relievers like Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen and Naproxen are often used to help alleviate joint pain and fever. If you fear that you or a loved one may have been infected with this or any other mosquito born virus, contact your medical care provider as soon as possible.

The best way to prevent any mosquito borne illnesses from affecting your life is to minimize your contact with these pesky insects. Here a few easy tips on mosquito prevention:

  • remove all standing water from your property to remove potential mosquito breeding grounds

  • wear insect repellent on exposed skin when outside

  • check all household window and door screens for holes and tears

  • utilize a mosquito prevention program (spraying property, professional pest control, using a mosquito magnet, etc)

Fight mosquitoes by taking up an aggressive defense against them. American Pest has pest control treatment plans that can defend your property against these vicious pests. Click here  to request more information on our pest control services for mosquitoes.


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