The Times West Virginian


July 2, 2014

Mosquito-borne illness confirmed in state

FAIRMONT — The first case of the mosquito-borne illness chikungunya in West Virginia has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Allison Adler, director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, said the case was confirmed after CDC analysis of a blood test.

Chikungunya, pronounced chik-en-gun-ye, causes flu-like symptoms in the early stages of the disease. The symptoms usually start three to seven days after the individual is bitten by an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain, and other symptoms can include joint swelling, muscle pain, headache or rash. It rarely results in death.

Chikungunya is not spread person-to-person, Adler said. People can only get the disease through mosquito bites.

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