June 16, 2014

CDC Concerned

1 Mosquito-Borne Virus Hits U.S.

Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that’s largely confined to the Caribbean, East Asia and Africa, has been found in a patient in North Carolina say health experts who’ve been watching for signs of it spreading to the U.S. The CDC says the virus, which has stricken more than 100,000 people in the Caribbean this year, is brought to the U.S. by tourists. They fear it’s a matter of time before it begins to spread within the U.S. So far, 8 travel-related cases have been reported in the U.S. The virus can cause pain that may last for several weeks but it is not deadly. The mosquito that carries it is active during the day, unlike most mosquitoes that are active in the evening. Health experts warn to use bug spray, get rid of standing water where mosquitoes breed and to dress protectively.

More at CNN.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: are You a Mosquito Magnet?

Tags: CDC, Joint Pain, Mosquitoes, Mosquito-Born Virus, Chikungunya

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