New Chikungunya Virus Case in Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed a fourth case of chikungunya virus in a Mississippi resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic. Three previous cases also occurred in travelers to the Caribbean. MSDH continues to warn travelers to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean nations to take extra precautions against mosquitoes.

Symptoms of chikungunya infection include fever, muscle and joint pain, and swelling of the joints. Individuals who think they may be infected with chikungunya virus should see their healthcare provider and stay indoors at least 10 days while they are sick, since mosquito bites can spread the disease to others abroad and at home.

Mosquitoes also pose the threat of West Nile virus. July through September is peak season for WNV infection, and mosquitoes carrying West Nile have recently been detected in central Mississippi.

Follow these precautions to protect yourself and others from chikungunya virus, West Nile virus, and other mosquito-borne diseases:

Use a recommended mosquito repellent while you are outdoors.

Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.

Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. Mosquitoes that carry chikungunya virus are active during the day, especially at dawn and dusk.

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