The CDC warns of another serious mosquito-borne virus entering the US after 10 people were confirmed infected on the Caribbean island of St. Martin and advocates for precautionary measures.
The West Nile virus first arrived in the US in 1999. After biting infected people, mosquitoes spread the virus by biting others. Now the infection is spread throughout North America. The CDC now warns of another serious mosquito-borne virus in the US after confirming ten people infected on the Caribbean island of St. Martin and advocates for precautionary measures.
The Chikungunya virus, which is spread by the Asian tiger mosquito, causes headaches, rashes, fever, and joint pain that are so bad that the body deforms in pain. Although it is not normally fatal and the exposed should have lifelong immunity, there is no specific treatment or vaccine to allow the body to naturally recover over time.
Although 109 people have brought the virus to the US without it spreading, theoretically only one infected person in New York City could erupt if the number of mosquitoes increases.
Travelers should pay particular attention to wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, using insect repellent and keeping mosquitoes out by using air conditioners and screens.
If someone's symptoms of the virus occur, a doctor should be consulted. Infected patients should prevent them from being bitten again and transmitting the virus to others. ,