What is the Chikungunya Virus?

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne virus that typically has been found in tropical regions. The first case of the virus in the United States was reported in July in Florida. Since then, cases have been reported in Texas, Nevada, Arizona and California

Chikungunya is transmitted by mosquitoes that bite during the day.

The virus is not life-threatening but can cause severe pain. The name, chikungunya, means "to be contorted" because those who are infected often are doubled over in pain.

Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Rash

Treatments:
There is no treatment for the chikungunya virus, but you can treat the symptoms by getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids and taking over-the-counter pain relievers.

Prevention:

  • Prevent being bitten by mosquitoes by using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants.
  • Reduce standing water, which is where mosquitoes breed.

For more information about chikungunya virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

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