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New mosquito-carried virus confirmed in US

New Mosquito-Carried Virus Confirmed In U.S.

According to the CDC, there's now another reason to hate mosquitos. ABC reports, "A debilitating virus carried by mosquitoes now in the US. North Carolina has reported its first case of the virus, and some doctors are worried it could spread like the West Nile virus."

WCNC says, "Forsyth County has confirmed its first case of chikungunya. The person who got sick got it while traveling on vacation down in the Caribbean."

Symptoms of this virus usually present themselves within 3-7 days of being bitten, CDC.gov says, "The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain, as well as headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash."

The disease is rarely deadly but symptoms can be "severe and disabling." Most patients begin to feel better after a week, but in some, joint pain can persist for months. There is currently no medication to treat the infection.

USA Today reports the disease was first discovered in Africa more than 60 years ago, and was detected in the Caribbean last year.

"About 135,000 people have been suspected or confirmed infected in the Western Hemisphere -- mostly in the Caribbean -- since last year, according to the Pan American Health Organization."

You can try to prevent contracting chikungunya by preventing mosquito bites, CNN says:

• Use bug spray

• Get rid of standing water

• Dress appropriately

According to the World Health Organization, the name "chikungunya" comes from a word in the Kimakonde language, meaning "to become contorted" which describes the "stooped appearance of sufferers with joint pain."

Yeah, that doesn't sound very fun at all. Where's the bug spray?

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Brad June 14 2014 at 9:55 AM

From Africa, does that mean it's another way Obama is attacking America ?????

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PERFORATOR June 14 2014 at 7:20 AM

Chikungunya? Doesnt she work at the Detroit Walmart?

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Judy Bishop June 14 2014 at 6:57 AM


The U.S. China and Russia have been developing bio weapons for years - ESPECIALLY the U.S. and Russia.

Now that they play with DNA and genetically modified "cocktail" designer viruses - INCLUDING THOSE THAT ARE MADE TO BE RACE SPECIFIC (look it up) - we suddenly have all these new "strains" of viruses.

Like AIDS and MERS and things that never naturally existed in the history of mankind.

Much like a lot of our new foods that other countries ban from import.

And these viruses "They" say have existed before are only recently coming into the U.S. - by "someone" who got it when they traveled abroad.

Yeah, right.

Americans have been traveling abroad since the days we still had Constitutional rights and our Congress actually acted responsible.

All of a sudden we see these new viruses coming in - but they've been out there all these decades.

Oh - and in 60 years we never heard of it here - none of our troops ever got it overseas - and we never developed anything to treat them


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Tom P June 14 2014 at 10:44 AM

I guess B.O. will blame Bush for this new virus

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roelene June 14 2014 at 7:25 AM

Somebody please tell Lauren Gores the word is BITTEN not BIH EN. Good grief.

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rick roelene June 14 2014 at 3:24 PM

I agree, thank you- I think it is laziness in the younger folks that causes this. There is something called enunciation that is lacking in our use of the English language. I thought I was the only one to hear her poor language skills.

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laclone June 14 2014 at 9:16 AM

Bottom line on it is that it makes infected younger people feel like a non-infected 60-70 year old with arthritis and tendinitis does every day.

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emam545 laclone June 14 2014 at 2:26 PM

To bad they have to suffer or anybody else does do to the government letting anything into this country.

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Robin June 14 2014 at 7:32 AM

bla bla bla use your repellant, where light clothes we all know the drill

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kcarthey Robin June 14 2014 at 7:42 AM

Living much of the time where both this and Dengue are rampant, the drill is much more extensive and few Americans will practice it anyway...too much bother and it interferes with their fun.

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yorkiemum kcarthey June 14 2014 at 1:42 PM

I agree and, sadly, they're too willfully ignorant to believe it.

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JEFFERSODA Robin June 14 2014 at 8:03 AM

It's "wear," not "where."

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scherrycake June 14 2014 at 10:38 AM

They use to have planes fly over every yaer to spray . Why cant they do it now

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rbjrjr June 14 2014 at 10:33 AM

Another misleading and stupid huffpost headline. Anyone reading it would expect that they might be bitten by a mosquito in NC and get a disease.
Once you read rhe article however it's clear that the fellow suffering it was bitten in the Carribbean.
Editor ?????????? I'd say not.

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owmecat June 14 2014 at 6:34 AM


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