Case of chikungunya reported in Sarasota County

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The State Health Department has announced a confirmed case of chikungunya fever in Sarasota County.

The Health Department says the infected individual recently traveled to the Dominican Republic, but is now recovering from the illness.

There have been no reports of anyone acquiring chikungunya locally in Sarasota County, nor in the United States.

Health officials say typical summer rain patterns increase mosquito activity. You're urged to reduce standing water, which serves as mosquito breeding grounds.

Also, cover skin with clothing or repellent and cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitos out of your home.

ABC 7 health reporter Alix Redmonde will have more on this story tonight on ABC 7 News at 5.

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