Another virus transmitted by mosquitoes has just reached the United States mainland. The Chikungunya virus first began in Africa and spread to the Caribbean but as more info comes out, it seems as if the virus can be transmitted from infected humans to mosquitoes.
A few case in the U.S. have been reported by people who have not traveled recently.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
“The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. Chikungunya virus is not currently found in the continental United States. There is a risk that the virus will be imported to new areas by infected travelers. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. When traveling to countries with chikungunya virus, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.”
Should you be concerned and not travel to the Caribbean?
My Vacation Lady can’t make that decision for you but we do suggest that you speak to your physician if you have concerns. We do, however, taking a mosquito repellent with DEET on all of your travels to prevent being bit by any mosquito.