The next time you’re going to be outside, whether it’s here or while on a trip, here’s another good reason to make sure you apply bug spray. State officials say the number of Florida travelers who contracted the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus since the beginning of the year has risen to 81.
The mosquito season is in kicking into high gear in Florida and state health officials are warning residents to protect themselves.
The chikungunya virus, which first appeared in the Caribbean a few weeks ago is spreading rapidly from island to island as the busy winter tourism season is in full swing.
A debilitating virus first detected in Africa has spread to the Western Hemisphere, specifically the Caribbean island of St. Martin.