This week there were two cases of Chikungunya (transmitted by mosquitoes) reported from Florida in people who did NOT travel to areas where outbreaks are on-going. This means that Florida mosquitoes transmitted the virus to the people who became sick. Prior to this news, there were about 80 cases of IMPORTED Chikungunya reported in Florida. There are major outbreaks of Chikungunya in the Caribbean this summer, with over 300,000 cases reported to date. Please take this opportunity to use your social media, news outlets, Master Gardeners, stakeholders, and other volunteers to get the word out about reducing vector mosquitoes from around homes and neighborhoods.
If you have any questions or need more information, please email or call me so that I can assist.
C. Roxanne Connelly, PhD
Professor, Extension Medical Entomology Specialist
Univ. of Florida/IFAS
Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory
200 9th St. SE
Vero Beach, FL 32962 USA
Past President, American Mosquito Control Association
Past Preisdent, Florida Mosquito Control Association