Too be honest…this makes me nervous as we’re well into the summer months!
This year, 243 people in the U.S. became infected, but this is the first case of a disease believed to originate from a mosquito in the U.S.
Chikungunya is a disease caused by a virus that leads to fever, joint pain, headaches, swelling and rash. The infection is usually not fatal, but the pain can be debilitating.
“The arrival of chikungunya virus, first in the tropical Americas and now in the United States, underscores the risks posed by this and other exotic pathogens,” Roger Nasci, chief of CDC’s Arboviral Diseases Branch said in a statement.
The CDC is teaming up with the Florida Department of Health to confirm how the Florida man became infected and is monitoring the area for additional cases. The CDC believes that chikungunya in the U.S. will follow a similar pattern to that of the dengue virus, in which imported cases cause some local…
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