Texas has confirmed its first case of a resident being diagnosed with Chikungunya. The mosquito-borne virus originally appeared in the idland of St. Martin last year, and has since been brought to the States, with travel-associated cases confirmed in Florida, New York, Tennessee and California.
"The features are pretty classic viral illness with headaches and fever and the strange attribute is that it causes severe joint pain," pediatric infectious disease doctor Coburn Allen explains to My Fox Austin. "We don't have any way to treat this infection other than pain control, so we use things like ibuprofen or Tylenol."
"Allen says the pain patients experience can last for year--long after the virus is out of a person's system," reports My Fox Austin. Patients also reportedly can get a rash.
The disease is transmitted by tiger-striped mosquitoes. According to My Fox Austin, "We're used to the warning about avoiding being outside during dusk and dawn. The mosquitoes that transmit this virus bite during the day. If you plan to travel to the Caribbean, you are encouraged to wear a mosquito repellent with DEET anytime you are outside."