New deadly virus enters Western Hemisphere

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

This spring there

The southeast has two of the mosquitoes capable of carrying Chikungunya.

(NBC) - If you've got spring fever and want to get outdoors, you'll want to pay attention to a new health warning. A new deadly virus, spread by mosquitoes has entered the western hemisphere. Experts say there's a chance it could pop up in America this spring.

This spring there's an important new reason to wear your bug spray. It's called Chikungunya: a sometimes deadly virus spread through mosquitoes.

Dr. Abelardo Moncayo says the virus could make its way to the US anytime now, and warns the southeast has two of the mosquitoes capable of carrying Chikungunya.

Chikungunya outbreaks have primarily occurred in Africa, Asia and Europe, but in late 2013, the virus spread to the Caribbean. Since then, there's been over 20,000 cases in that area of the world alone.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center announced it has joined forces with the Global Virus Network to help work on an effective vaccine.

While there hasn't been a single Chikungunya case reported in the US, experts believe the World Cup could speed up it's arrival.

According to the CDC, the most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.


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