Via Examiner.com, Charles Simmins reports: New case of chikungunya found as Florida prepares. Excerpt:
On May 21, a story in the Palm Beach Post revealed that a patient in that Florida county has become the fourth person to be diagnosed with chikungunya in the state. The 66 year old man had returned from a visit to the island of Hispaniola, which has been badly stricken by the outbreak. His symptoms began May 15 and he went to the hospital on May 16.
Florida's Department of Health is ready for the arrival of the mosquito borne illness called chikungunya which has been spreading across the Caribbean. In a May 20 e-mail, Timothy O'Connor, Public Health Communication Manager and Acting Press Secretary, described the agency's activities since the illness was first detected in the Western Hemisphere in Dec. 2013. The public health professionals from the Department of Health are modeling the response on that for dengue which became locally acquired in Florida in 2009.