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.