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Mosquito virus is found in Nebraska


When you think of illnesses spread by mosquito you usually think of the West Nile Virus.

Now, there's something new that just showed up in Nebraska.

It's called chikungunya.

A 25-year-old woman from eastern Nebraska contracted while visiting Haiti.

She was hospitalized and released.

Cases of chikungunya are very rare but doctors say they expect to see more in the coming years.

Death is rare but the pain can be severe.

The most common symptoms are fever and severe joint pain.

Outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Europe, Asia and islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Fast facts about chikungunya from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services:

1. Chikungunya outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Europe, Asia and islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, it was found for the first time in the Caribbean.

2. The disease is spread through mosquito bites. Aedes species mosquitoes are the kind that usually transmit chikungunya. They bite mostly in the daytime.

3. Chikungunya isn’t currently found in mosquitoes in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

4. CDC studies showed an average of 28 people per year tested positive for chikungunya in the United States from 2006-2013. All were travelers visiting or returning to the U.S. from affected areas.

5. So far in 2014, there have been 27 chikungunya cases in nine states (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Virginia). All were travel-associated cases.

6. The virus is not spread person to person.

7. The most common symptoms of chikunguyna are fever and severe joint pain, often in hands and feet. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain or rash. Symptoms usually start 3-7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

8. There is no medication to treat chikungunya or vaccine to prevent it. But there are medicines to help reduce fever and pain. Patients recover in about a week, although long-term joint pain occurs in some people.

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