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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUMTER COUNTY EDUCATES TRAVELERS ABOUT THE CHIKUNGUNYA VIRUSBushnell - The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County would like to make Sumter County residents aware of the emergency of Chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) (CHIK) in the Caribbean, CHICK is an infections virus that is spread by the bite of mosquitoes. In the past few weeks, Florida has been home to a number of Chikungunya cases acquired in the Caribbean by individuals who traveled there.
If you are planning future travel to the Caribbean, the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County recommends that you protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes bites by:
Information on Chikungunya in the Americas may be found from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/geo/americas.html
Further questions can be directed to the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County Epidemiology Program at: 352-569-3106.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUMTER COUNTY ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASON
The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County encourages residents to prepare for Hurricane Season by Developing a Plan for Family and Pets, Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit, including medications, and Stay Informed: Follow local Alerts via TV, Radio, Internet, and Mobile Devices.
Contact your local emergency management office to learn more about special needs shelters and to pre-register visit: www.floridadisaster.org/disability/snshelterlist.html
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN SUMTER COUNTY URGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST MOSQUITO BITES
The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County emphasizes the importance of residents and visitors protecting themselves against all mosquito-borne illnesses.
Please take the following precautions to protect you and your family from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.
Florida Department of Health in Sumter County urges residents:
Pertussis causes uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breathes which result in a "whooping" sound.
Epidemiology: To report an immediately notifiable disease, call (352) 569-3106 during normal business hours. After hours, call (352) 569-3102.
Page last updated: 8/11/2014