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A New Mosquito-Borne Illness

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A new mosquito borne threat is making its way to north Texas. Tarrant County diagnosed its first case of Chikungunya. 

The health department said a resident brought the virus back after a visit to the Caribbean. Chikungunya fever is characterized by: severe joint pain, sudden onset of high fever, headache, muscle ache, and rash. There is no cure for the virus, or vaccine to prevent it. 

“The mosquitoes get infected when they bite an infected person during the infectious period. The first week of the illness,” said Anita Kurian, Associate Director, Environmental Health and Disease Control, Tarrant County. 

The Mansfield resident was infectious during the last week of June, or early July. They do not believe that the virus has spread because there have been no more human cases. They still encourage north Texans to take precautions. Health officials said to get in the habit of wearing insect repellent at all times.