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The Southern Nevada Health District ha confirmed a resident of Clark County has contracted the Chikungunya disease after returning home from vacation in the Caribbean. The disease has spread throughout the Caribbean and into the United States since its introduction late 2013.


Chikungunya is transmitted by a particularly aggressive mosquito – it origins of the virus were previously confined to Asia but now has entered the Western Hemisphere.

The Asian tiger mosquito is the carrier of the disease and is getting closer to Nevada’s borders – buzzing its way through Arizona and California.


The symptoms usually begin 3–7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. If you think you have been bitten please consult with a medical expert. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.


Chikungunya disease does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling. Most patients feel better within a week. In some people, the joint pain may persist for months. People at risk for more severe disease include newborns infected around the time of birth, older adults, and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.


There is no specific treatment for the illness. If you are traveling to the Caribbean it is suggested to wear long pants and long sleeved shirts and use DEET,


More than 600 cases have been reported in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control.


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