Navigation Links
Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Still a Concern for American Travelers: CDC

THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans traveling to the Caribbean and Central and South America this winter need to be aware that an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya continues to spread in those areas, U.S. federal health officials said Thursday.

There is no vaccine or treatment for the infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chikungunya causes symptoms such as fever and joint pain, although it's rarely fatal.

The outbreak began last December, and there had been about 795,000 cases of chikungunya in 37 countries and territories since the end of October, the CDC reported.

As of Nov. 4, more than 1,600 travelers had returned to the United States with chikungunya since the start of the outbreak. Typically, about 28 Americans return home with chikungunya each year, the CDC experts noted.

It's likely that the disease will continue to pose a risk to travelers to these regions for the rest of the year and beyond, according to the CDC, with about 9 million Americans traveling to the Caribbean annually.

"The beginning of fall means that mosquito problems in the continental United States will be decreasing. However, travelers to areas where the chikungunya outbreak continues are at risk of becoming infected. It is important that travelers understand these risks and take appropriate actions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes," Roger Nasci, chief of the CDC's Arboviral Diseases Branch, said in an agency news release.

Travelers should use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants during the day, and stay in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms at night, the CDC advised. If you use sunscreen, apply insect repellent after the sunscreen.

People more likely to develop severe symptoms if they become infected with chikungunya include those older than 65 and those who have arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes, according to the CDC. These high-risk people should discuss their travel plans with their doctor before leaving.

Along with fever and joint pain, chikungunya can cause muscle aches, headache, joint swelling or rash. Joint pain caused by chikungunya can be severe and debilitating, the CDC explained. Travelers who return from areas with chikungunya activity who have symptoms of the disease should seek medical care and inform their doctor about their recent trip.

The chikungunya virus is not spread between people, according to the CDC, and most people get better in about a week. However, some people will have long-term joint pain as a result of the infection.

People who've been infected are believed to have lifelong immunity against the disease, CDC experts noted .

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about chikungunya.

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Nov. 6, 2014


Copyright©2014 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Vaccine Shows Promise Against Mosquito-Borne Virus
2. Second door discovered in war against mosquito-borne diseases
3. Research reveals how antibodies neutralize mosquito-borne virus
4. Climate Change May Bring Another Mosquito-Borne Illness to U.S.
5. 1st Case of Locally Acquired Chikungunya Virus Reported in U.S.
6. What role do insects play in Ebola virus transmission?
7. Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimers Risk
8. Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself
9. U.S. Cameraman Treated for Ebola Free of the Virus
10. Abatement Technologies® Reacts Quickly to Help Hospitals Protect Healthcare Workers from Spread of Ebola Virus Disease
11. Ultraviolet Disinfection Systems & Ebola Virus on Surfaces
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Still a Concern for American Travelers: CDC
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... ProVest Insurance Group, a family managed ... Raleigh regions, is organizing an extended charity drive to benefit the family of ... , After struggling since birth with several health challenges, T.J. was later diagnosed ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... established the certification process to promote standards of excellence for the field of ... scheduled for March 22 – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Many families have long-term insurance that covers care for a family ... for care if the client has a cognitive impairment diagnosis. , “What this ... often waived, so the benefits from their insurance start immediately,” said Mechell Vieira, owner ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... be giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success ... focuses on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent ... sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million ... by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... 12, 2017 AVACEN Medical , Inc. (AVACEN) ... their  2017 New Product Innovation Award for Its fibromyalgia ... and secondary medical device market research by Frost & Sullivan,s ... OTC, drug-free pain relief product, the AVACEN 100, offers a ... fibromyalgia widespread pain. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... 2017 West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. ... injectable drug administration, today announced that it will release ... Thursday, October 26, 2017, and will follow with a ... at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate on the ... conference ID is 94093362. ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... IRVING, Texas , Oct. 11, 2017  Caris ... science focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, ... Institute has joined Caris, Precision Oncology Alliance™ (POA) as ... leading cancer centers, the St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute ... to advance the use of tumor profiling, making cancer ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: