Florida’s Health department has confirmed 2 cases of locally acquired chikungunya since July 17, 2014. These are the first locally acquired cases reported in the U.S.
Chikungunya is not vaccine preventable. It is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Travellers are advised to use daytime insect precautions. Any traveler returning with a fever within 12 days should seek medical advise and inform their provider of their recent travels.
Travelers are advised to seek travel health advise a minimum of 4-6 weeks before departure to ensure they are up-to date on standard and recommended travel immunizations as well as educated on preventative measures such as proper insect precautions.