"We're aware of the potential introduction and spread of this virus, as well as several other mosquito-borne diseases," she said. "We've been working to create and prepare a response to the risk that this virus could expand into the U.S."
"Similar to the messages we give for West Nile, another mosquito-borne disease, we believe that prevention is the most important thing to focus on," Staples said. "That means wearing long sleeves and pants, using air conditioning or making sure your screens are intact, avoiding standing water, and using mosquito repellant. Because if [CHIKV] were to be introduced into the U.S., the best way to prevent a spread is to avoid mosquito bites in the first place."
For more on CHIKV, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES: Diego Ruiz-Moreno, Ph.D., postdoctoral associate, department of ecology and evolutionary biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; Erin Staples, M.D, Ph.D, epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colo.; November 2012 PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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