Chikungunya reported in Manatee, Sarasota counties

Two more cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease have been confirmed, one each in Sarasota and Manatee counties, according to health officials.
 
Both cases did not originate in the country. They involve people who were infected elsewhere before traveling to the United States.
 
In Manatee, the infected person had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic, health officials said. The Sarasota case involved a person infected while traveling in the Caribbean.
 
Health officials warn it’s possible for mosquitoes to spread the disease locally if they bite a person already infected.
 
“Remember to drain standing water, cover all skin with repellant or clothing, and ensure open windows and doors have functioning screens," said Dr. Jennifer Bencie, DOH-Manatee Administrator.
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