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Chikungunya Case Confirmed In WilCo

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 01:01 PM CDT

Health officials say they've confirmed the state's first human case of chikungunya in Williamson County -- a viral disease spread by mosquitoes that can cause fever and severe joint pain.

Infections are rarely fatal but can cause severe joint pain, high fever, head and muscle aches, joint swelling and rash. Symptoms usually begin three to seven days after being bitten by a mosquito. There is no vaccine or treatment for the virus. Most people feel better within a week, though some people may develop longer-term joint pain, officials say.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says the patient recently returned to Texas from a trip to the Caribbean where chikungunya has been causing human disease since late 2013.

Chikungunya is not transmitted from direct person to person contact, but a person with the disease can be the source of the virus for mosquitoes that can then transmit the virus to others through a bite, officials say.

Chikungunya Case Confirmed In WilCo


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