First case of mosquito virus found in West Tennessee

First case of mosquito virus found in West Tennessee

JACKSON, TN (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Health has found the first case of Chikungunya virus here in Tennessee.

TDH says that the resident, who lives in Madison County, tested positive for the virus following lab results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TDH says that Chikungunya comes from the Carribean and is spreading rapidly there with more than 100,000 cases reported so far. Only a few cases of the virus have shown up here in the U.S.

Officials say there is no evidence that transmission has occurred in the U.S., meaning those who are most likely to see symptoms are persons returning from a recent trip to the Caribbean.

According to TDH, there is no vaccination for Chikungunya, and it is mostly seen transmitted through daytime-biting mosquitos. Officials say it is possible that mosquitos could pass on the virus by biting one person and transmitting it on to the other, though there has been no evidence to suggest that has happened in the U.S.

People who contract Chikungunya will usually see symptoms within three to seven days, ranging from fever, chills, headache, nausea, sensitivity to light, vomiting, rash and severe joint pain.

Those who have or suspect that they could possibly have Chikungunya should limit their exposure to mosquitos to prevent transmission.

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