Chikungunya Fever Is Now Spreading Via Florida's Mosquitoes

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Until this week, chikungunya fever was a difficult-to-pronounce, extremely painful mosquito-borne disease that dozens of Floridians had contracted abroad -- particularly in the Caribbean, where the illness has spread like wildfire through Haiti and other island nations.

Now, chikungunya is a difficult-to-pronounce, extremely painful illness that's spreading all on its own through Florida's very own sizable horde of mosquitoes. A Miami-Dade woman and a Palm Beach man have become the first two Floridians health officials have confirmed caught the bug in the Sunshine State. Grab your repellent, people!

See also: We're All Going To Get Chikungunya and Dengue and It's Going To Be Terrible

In case you haven't been keeping your hypochondriac dreams stocked with reports about South Florida's new least favorite epidemic-in-the-making, chikungunya is a nasty little virus that probably originated in Africa before making its way to the Caribbean in recent years.

On the plus side, it's rarely fatal. On the downside, to recycle a rather vivid tweet from our last update on the disease, it makes you feel like this:

Yeah, no bueno.

County health officials tell the Miami Herald that there's no reason to panic just yet but that they'll be upping their mosquito spraying plans and urging residents to drain standing water on their property.

The disease is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which primarily attacks during the day, so you should also wear extra bug spray if you're in mosquito-prone areas in the sunlight.

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markrupertson
markrupertson

I have a friend who was just diagnosed with Chikungunya Fever. She really can't move her body, there is presence of joint pains. I hope that immediate action should be done since this mosquito has spread like a wildfire already in the area. Another thing, this is a serious problem that should be addressed by our health government. Thanks!

Bobbi Rinker
Bobbi Rinker

Fools see conspiracies in the damnedest things!

David Lizama
David Lizama

you can call 311 to report nuisance mosquitoes in the area...not sure if they actually do anything about it however I put in a work order for my area...never heard back from Miami Dade county

miltrac
miltrac

People need to seek protection from the creepy mosquitoes. Illnesses from those mosquitoes can be extremely painful. People should keep themselves informed.  http://ow.ly/zmp6W

Annie Richemond
Annie Richemond

Scientists have released them in Florida. Chemtrails in certain states, disease ridden illegals and much more. #PopulationControl#Don'tBeFooled#

Juan Pedraza
Juan Pedraza

That shit is following us. Francy Renee Freixas

Marianoell Gomez Arguello
Marianoell Gomez Arguello

Sooooooo why aren't the county officials fumigating the shit of south Florida?!!!! If this is already a problem, no one seems to give a crap!

Bender Rodriguez
Bender Rodriguez

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger Elizabeth Sanchez

Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino

Amanda Walch Erica Cim name one good compelling reason to stay in south Florida

Kimberly Lazala
Kimberly Lazala

Juliet Lazala please read this & stay informed, tell mom & buy OFF spray OFF candles OFF everything pleaseeee \U0001f630\U0001f630

Michi Mitidieri
Michi Mitidieri

Emily Lati Natalie Lati Gina Rivera Alison Rivera Maria Mitidieri Claudia Torres

Laura Jssm
Laura Jssm

look !!! Mélissa Métisse d'Ibiza

So-nia Pesci
So-nia Pesci

Fucking Mosquitos are no longer a joke Tony Carvajal

Angie Rivera
Angie Rivera

Mike Guerrero Eric Weaver Erika Rodriguez Frances A Treviño Be safe

Joel R. Alcindor
Joel R. Alcindor

Carribean? That disease came from Asia, then Africa and Europe. We are victims too...

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