The mosquito season is in kicking into high gear in Florida and state health officials are warning residents to protect themselves.
The rainy season has started in South Florida and the threat for mosquitoes is growing.
A fourth case of the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya fever has been confirmed in Florida. It has been documented in 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
The season for mosquitoes will be in full force within a matter of weeks. Ahead of that, the Florida Department of Health is advising residents and visitors to be aware of chikungunya fever.
Blood samples are being collected from 300 people on Florida’s Treasure Coast by public health workers after 18 cases of mosquito-borne illness were confirmed.
Officials warn of an increased risk for dengue fever in South Florida. Four new cases have been confirmed on the Treasure Coast, bringing the total of reported cases of the mosquito-borne disease to eleven.
If you are planning to head to up the coast, you may want to pack some bug spray.
The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County has confirmed the first case of dengue fever in 2013 in an 18-year-old male.
It may be pretty hard to believe, but despite all of the rain in South Florida; Miami-Dade County hasn’t seen an unusually active mosquito season in 2013. So far.
Recent rains across South Florida have prompted a mini-invasion of pesky mosquitoes as receding flood waters allow long-dormant eggs to hatch.