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Second case of chikungunya fever confirmed in St. Lucie County

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County confirmed a second case of locally-acquired chikungunya fever in the area Friday.

Health officials say the person was made aware when they visited a local hospital for treatment. The health department does not know what part of St. Lucie County the person contracted the mosquito-borne disease but they said they are recovering.

"Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to preventing infection with chikungunya and other mosquito-borne diseases," Clint Sperber, Deputy Administrator, Florida Department of Health-St. Lucie County, said in a release. "Floridians and visitors are encouraged to take precautionary measures to help reduce the chance of being bitten. Remember to drain and cover."

The Health Department released the following tips in prevention:

Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.

Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.

Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.

Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated.

Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeves.

Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.

Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective.

Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.

Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

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