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Chikengunya virus avoid mosquitos health officials warn

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An infectious disease is on the spread and people should take measures to protect themselves. Mosquito repellant, wearing long sleeves, and pants is the best way to protect yourself from biting mosquitos.

Avoid standing water, repair your screens

The tropical virus was brought to the United States by visitors in the Caribbean. Fever joint pain headache muscle pain and some have a rash and vomiting. The symptoms start up three to seven days after the mosquito bite and goes on for seven days.

Get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration

Georgia-Ashley Manning, “I was feeling really bad, getting dizzy, a fever and out of breath.” The Southeast is getting hit the worst right now. The viral disease is not fatal but the symptoms can be disabling. Infants and people over the age of 65 are most at risk because of their immune system. These two populations should not be traveling to areas known to have the outbreak.

Once you have been infected you are protected from getting it again

The Center for Disease Control advises you to see your doctor at once should you come down with any of the symptoms. IF you have recently traveled be sure to tell your doctor. Right now there isn’t any medication for the viral disease Chikengunya.

Ibuprofen, or acetominophen can help ease the pain

The viral disease chikengunya is transmitted from mosquitos to people. The virus cannot be transmitted from one infected person to another. This same mosquito is also known for transmitting the fatal dengue virus. The dengue virus has been spreading since the 1950’s and there still is not a vaccine to prevent the illness.

The mosquito carrying the disease can be detected by the white stripes on its legs

Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus, play a major role in the transmission of chikengunya. The biting adults have been found both indoors and outdoors. Larvae of this mosquito will set up camp indoors too. Use air conditioning and wear permethrin-treated clothing when outdoors, and get rid of any containers of standing water after each rain.

Chikengunya testing at CDC

People with an acute onset of fever and joint pain, polyarthalgia, especially if you have traveled should be tested. Laboratory testing can detect the virus within the first three days. All results of testing will be sent to the state health department. If you think you may have been bitten by the virus carrying mosquito it is important that you take measures not to get bitten again. Chikengunya can be transmitted from an infected person to the mosquito. Repellants containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and para menthane diol have the best long lasting protection.

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