Painful Mosquito Virus Now in U.S.
NBC New York | Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 | Updated 9:48 PM EDT
A painful virus passed on by mosquitoes that has been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean and Central America has made its way to the U.S., with the first reported cases in a Florida man and woman who had not recently traveled, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Chikungunya has infected some 350,000 people and killed 21. There have been other U.S. cases but these are the first to appear in Americans who hadn't traveled to the affected regions. There is no vaccine or treatment for Chikungunya.
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CDC: What is Chikungunya Virus?
Chikungunya is an illness caused by a virus that spreads through mosquito bites. Symptoms of chikungunya include fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, rash, and muscle or joint pain. Symptoms usually last for a few days to a few weeks, but some people may feel tired for several weeks.
Who is at risk?
Travelers who go to Asian, African, or Caribbean countries are at risk of getting chikungunya. The mosquito that carries Chikungunya can bite during the day and night, both indoors and outdoors, and often lives around buildings in urban areas.
Since 2004, millions of cases have occurred in countries near the Indian Ocean. From 2004 to 2009, 105 cases of chikungunya fever were reported in travelers returning to the United States.
Reference: NBC New York News, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention