This image depicts a mother in the process of correctly applying mosquito repellant spray to her daughter’s right forearm. When spending long periods of time outdoors, reapply insect repellent according to product label instructions. In 2014, the first locally acquired case of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne disease, was reported July 17, in Florida. This case represented the first time that mosquitoes in the continental United States were thought to have spread the virus to a non-traveler.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from chikungunya, as well as other mosquito-borne illnesses, including Zika virus, is to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes, by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, using air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside, and reducing mosquito breeding grounds, especially standing water.