Skip to comments.CDC Report: Chikungunya Fever Outbreak in Southern U.S. Probable
Posted on 03/12/2014 6:00:51 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC) is reporting that the mosquito borne illness, Chikungunya Fever, has the potential to be imported to the southern United States, areas with temperate climates and large mosquito vectors.
Chikungunya Fever is a viral disease, a mosquito-borne pathogen, similar to Dengue Fever.
The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, the same type of mosquitoes that transmit the Dengue Fever Virus.
Chikungunya Fever is endemic to Asia, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. A large outbreak was reported in 2006-2007 in India, and several other countries in southeast Asia. Italy experienced an outbreak of the disease in the northeastern portion of the country in 2007 as well.
There is no known cure for the disease.
The virus is transmitted from human to human by the bites of infected female mosquitoes of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus genus, two species which can also transmit the dengue fever virus. These mosquitoes can be found biting throughout daylight hours, although there may be peaks of activity in the early morning and late afternoon.
Once bitten symptoms usually appear between four and eight days but can range from two to 12 days.
Signs and symptoms include acute onset high fever, joint and muscle pain, joint swelling, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Most patients generally make a full recovery, and in rare cases death occurs. Debilitating joint pain may last a few days or even weeks, and persist joint pain may last for several months, or even years.
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All cultures are equal.
We need more H-1Bs!
Heading for the Caribbean on a cruise in 10 days.
Hear this is bad news down there.
Got 98% DEET spray, hopefully it works.
Probably will be. It is windy in many places anyway.
Can we just call it C fever?
I’ve had dengue fever and it’s a memorable experience, just not in a good way. It’s also called “bone break fever” for reasons I can well appreciate. Oddly enough, none of my in-laws have ever had it.
Dengue is well known here in the Philippines, but I have never heard of Chikungunya Fever.
I know one American child here that had Dengue, with full recovery.
Cure= keep 3rd worlders in their self made hell holes.
We’ve been doing bareboat cruises in the USVI and BVI almost every year since 1999 and I don’t ever remember even encountering any Mosquitos. You’ll be okay.
Thanks. There’s a CDC warning posted and talk on cruise forums about a fair number of cases.
Given the winter we’ve had, I willing to take the chance, LOL.
Enjoy! We’ll he heading to Tortola for a BVI cruise in November. My favorite sailing season there. But I’m still jealous... :-)
Great just what we need in South Alabama,more things to worry about with the skeeters.
Is this like Nile virus?