MALARIA – AMERICAS (06): USA (FLORIDA) AUTOCHTHONOUS, REQUEST FOR
Source: ABC7 [edited] https://www.mysuncoast.com/2023/06/20/second-local-case-malaria-confirmed-health-officials-say/
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota and Manatee counties
confirmed a 2nd case of malaria on the Suncoast and have issued a
mosquito-borne illness alert.
The 1st case was reported on 26 May 2023; that patient has been
treated and has recovered, health officials say. Since then, a 2nd
case has been reported and that patient is currently undergoing
The health department is advising residents on the Suncoast to take
precautions, such as wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, applying
bug spray, and avoiding areas with high mosquito populations,
especially during sunrise and sunset when mosquitos are most active.
Both counties are conducting aerial and ground mosquito spraying to
reduce the risk of further cases.
Malaria is not transmitted from person to person. Only infected
Anopheles mosquitoes can transmit malaria to humans. This case has
been identified as the P. vivax species of malaria, which is not as
fatal as other species.
Effective treatment is readily available through hospitals and other
health care providers. Individuals in this area with symptoms of
fever, chills, sweats, nausea/vomiting, and headache should seek
immediate medical attention.
DOH-Sarasota and DOH-Manatee are asking residents to remove standing
water on their property wherever possible.