KTBS- Chikungunya is primarily found in Africa, East Asia and the Caribbean Islands, but the CDC has been monitoring the painful virus for fear that it could spread in the United States as travelers are bringing it back home. In fact, confirmed cases of Chikungunya have been reported in Americans who have traveled to the Caribbean from Florida, Indiana, Nebraska and North Carolina, and a possible case has surfaced in Tennessee. More so, officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands reported Wednesday of a locally transmitted case of the disease.
There is no vaccine for Chikungunya and no specific treatment for those infected with the virus, so prevention is crucial. As such, we also encourage you to share the following mosquito prevention tips from the NPMA with your viewers:
- Eliminate moisture. Take steps to get rid of areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects .Mosquitoes need only about a half an inch of water to breed.
- Repair tears. Screen all windows and doors, and patch up even the smallest tear or hole on screens.Stay inside at night. Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear bug repellant. Always apply an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus when outdoors, and reapply as directed on the label .Protect your skin.
- Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors .Contact a pro. If you are concerned about mosquito activity on your property, contact a pest management company or your local mosquito abatement district.