One new case of chikungunya virus identified; resident dies of West Nile

mosquito_sickJACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN’-yuh) virus.

Health officials say in a news release the newest case occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic.

This is the sixth human case reported in a Mississippi.

The five cases previously reported occurred in travelers to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain and joint swelling. Deaths are rare, but officials say anyone with a compromised immune system is at a higher risk of complications from the infection.

Officials say the virus recently appeared in the Caribbean, and could possibly infect Mississippians who travel there.

Health officials say individuals who think they might be infected with chikungunya virus should see their health care provider.

In a related item, West Nile Virus has claimed its first Mississippi victim of 2014.

The state Department of Health said yesterday that a Yazoo County resident died from the mosquito-borne illness earlier this month, providing no further details about the victim.

The state is also reporting a new case of West Nile Virus in Wilkinson County. So far this year, seven cases of West Nile have been reported. Beyond the Wilkinson and Yazoo cases, one person apiece has been infected in Adams, Hinds and Newton counties. Two people have been infected in Rankin County.

The Department of Health only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

In 2013, Mississippi had 45 confirmed West Nile cases and five deaths. In 2012, the state had 247 cases and five deaths.

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One Response to “One new case of chikungunya virus identified; resident dies of West Nile”

  1. Sarah Dunn Says:

    Travelers spread it to everyone else. This article implies that Chikungunya isn’t spread easily from infected travelers to ANYONE else, and that’s a lie. The two breeds of carrier mosquitoes, which between themselves cover most of the U.S., are biting infected travelers/foreign residents and visitors and then transmitting this debilitating illness to whomever they bite next. It’s that easy, no birds involved like with West Nile, and for those with basic reading skills it’s obvious there is a major effort to downplay its significance. I am suddenly stiff, confined to bed, have a fever, am vomiting, and am in extreme pain after getting bitten by a striped mosquito three days ago, but my doctor refuses to test me for anything other than influenza. In August. Probably because she’s convinced, like y’all are, that it’s simply too hard to get. Protect yourselves because no authorities are doing anything to mitigate the risks…testing “travelers,” spraying, informing communities when they have been affected, etc. I’m in South Dakota and have friends in Tennessee with the same illness. And I’m certain, no thanks to doctors and the CDC again, that I had a textbook case of West Nile that knocked me on my butt summers ago.

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