After the dreaded West Nile Virus, here comes another seriously powerful virus called the Chikungunya Virus. According to NPMA medical adviser, Dr. Jorge Prada, the Chikungunya is a viral infection transmitted from human to another human through an infected mosquito which reportedly originated from southeast Africa. How this virus came to the United States is yet to be investigated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
As of June 10, a total of 39 chikungunya cases have been reported from U.S. states and territories. One locally transmitted case has been reported from Puerto Rico. All other cases occurred in travelers returning from affected areas in the Caribbean or Asia. To date, no local transmission has been identified in the continental United States.
The mosquitos that carry the Chikungunya virus (aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus) can bite during the day and at night, both indoors and outdoors, and often live around buildings in urban areas.
How Serious is Chikungunya Virus?
Check out the latest news on this seemingly new virus from Newsy Science. And NBC News report two cases of Chikungunya Virus in Florida.
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