Navigation Links
Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Still a Concern for American Travelers: CDC
Date:11/7/2014

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:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Still a Concern for American Travelers: CDC
(Date:10/17/2018)... ... ... The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s CEO, James Floros, was ... its Board of Directors. , California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is an ... member food banks with a range of support services, direct service programs and advocates ...
(Date:10/16/2018)... ... October 16, 2018 , ... With a petition (case CJ-2018-04177) ... Graves McLain PLLC joins a series of lawsuits filed in states around the country ... at Massage Envy locations by Massage Envy’s massage therapists. , This lawsuit alleges ...
(Date:10/16/2018)... ... October 16, 2018 , ... Sheba Vine, JD, CPCO, Vice ... law, writes frequently on employment law matters and has contributed articles to Compliance ... Health Care Compliance Professional's Manual titled “Navigating the Evolving Marijuana Landscape” to serve ...
(Date:10/13/2018)... ... , ... At HEI Health, we believe tomorrow’s healthcare can be made affordable ... Healthcare CXO Fall Summit by Marcus Evans. HEI will be hosting an exclusive round ... with leading healthcare providers. , Marcus Evans National Healthcare CXO Summit is the ...
(Date:10/11/2018)... CHURCH, Va. (PRWEB) , ... October 11, 2018 ... ... and services, today announced the acquisition of J.Lodge, an industry leader in contact ... story —a lifelong survivor of a debilitating medical condition—J. Lodge supports alternative work ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/18/2018)... ... 18, 2018 , ... Physicians with Georgia Urology, the largest ... nationwide using Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview. This assists in detecting papillary cancer ... the only FDA-approved imaging agent for use with blue-light cystoscopy. , Georgia Urology ...
(Date:10/17/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... October 17, 2018 , ... ... Centers, has recently published a new technique documenting the use of placental based ... dental implants. According to Dr. Holtzclaw, “At our DIA Dental Implant Center ...
(Date:10/17/2018)... (PRWEB) , ... October 17, 2018 , ... ... Commission for Health Care (ACHC) President and CEO José Domingos to its board ... welcome José Domingos to our Board of Directors, whose broad and varied stakeholder ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: