First Locally Transmitted Case of Chikungunya in the U.S.

FAIRFAX, Va. (July 24, 2014) – The mosquito-borne disease that just started appearing in the Americas in late 2013 has arrived in the U.S. Two Florida citizens have contracted chikungunya from local mosquitoes. All other diagnosed cases in American citizens were contracted while traveling to the Caribbean.

Symptoms of chikungunya include joint pain, muscles pain, headaches and fever. The virus is very rarely fatal. In the U.S. mosquitoes are also known to spread West Nile virus and Eastern Equine encephalitis.

Preventing local mosquito populations helps reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. Mosquitoes can breed in 1/8" of water, so homeowners should remove any standing water on their property that may be gathering in old tires, empty flowerpots or birdbaths.