The Florida Department of Health has issued a warning regarding chikungunya fever, a viral mosquito-borne disease that has made its way to the Caribbean from Africa, Asia and islands in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific.
The Department has confirmed three Florida cases of the fever from people who have recently traveled to the Caribbean. These include a 30-year-old woman in Miami-Dade County, a 29-year-old woman from Broward County, and a 44-year-old woman in Hillsborough County.
Symptoms of chikungunya usually begin 3-7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, and can include fever, headache, muscle pain, rash, joint swelling and severe joint pains, often in the hands and feet.
Chikungunya fever does not often result in death.