5 Different Infectious Diseases Confirmed In Florida

Tampa, Florida (WTSP) -- Infectious diseases in Florida have some people uncomfortable with playing outside.

"The message is: yes there are risks, but this is Florida and these are the risks we take to live here," said Hillsborough County epidemiologist Michael Wiese.

The state health department has confirmed human cases of Cryptosporidium (CRYPTO), vibrio vulnificus, chikungunya, dengue fever, and in two sentinel chickens the state has confirmed St. Louis encephalitis.

Locally, we have seen 58 cases of Cryptosporidium in Pinellas County, two cases ofvibrio vulnificus in Sarasota, 54 cases of chikungunya, four cases of dengue fever, and two chicken cases for St. Louis encephalitis.

Wiese said people are only more at risk for catching one of the infectious diseases depending on what they are doing outside and where they are outside.

"If you use public pools a lot your risk for cryptosporidium is greater, if you have an open wound and are older with a lower immune system then your risk for vibrio is greater."

St. Louis encephalitis has not been seen in humans in the state for more than four years.

"If you get bitten by a mosquito and anywhere within two weeks if you feel a fever, headaches, muscle aches, joint swelling, then you need to see a doctor fast so they can properly test for what you are experiencing," said Wiese.

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