Three Florida women report acquiring chikungunya fever in Caribbean

May 18, 2014 3:40 PM

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The Florida Department of Health is calling on residents and visitors to vigilantly protect themselves against mosquito bites after receiving reports that three women who recently returned from the Caribbean had acquired a viral mosquito-borne disease that’s quickly spreading through that region.

Health Department Spokesman McKinley Lewis said he didn’t know which specific countries the women from Miami-Dade, Broward and Hillsborough counties had visited, only that they reported having chikungunya (ChikV) fever.

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