Chikungunya virus is a mosquito-borne disease especially prevalent in the Caribbean, where it can infect U.S. travelers. Chikungunya virus causes fever, muscle and joint pain, and swelling of the joints. Standard protective measures against mosquitoes can help keep you from becoming infected.
Unlike West Nile virus, chikungunya virus infection is rarely fatal. It can cause illness for 7 to 10 days, however, and those infected with chikungunya are more likely to develop symptoms. Infection can cause fever, flu-like symptoms and painful swelling of the joints.
Chikungunya can spread from person to person through the bite of a mosquito once travelers return home. The Mississippi State Department of Health continues to investigate reports of possible Chikungunya cases related to travel.
If you are traveling internationally, you can check CDC Travel Health Notices for current health issues such as Chikungunya that may be a risk at your destination.
Protective measures from chikungunya are the same as those against West Nile virus or other mosquito-borne diseases:
|West Nile virus||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,93,html|
|CDC Travel Health Notices||https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices|
|a number of cases||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,93,587,html|
|protective measures for travelers »||http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/chikungunya-caribbean|
|Countries with local transmission||http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/geo/|
|More about Chikungunya from the CDC||http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/|
|Mississippi Health Alert Network messages||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,0,386,661,html|
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