If you’ve got spring fever and want to get outdoors, you’ll want to pay attention to a new health warning.
A new deadly virus, spread by mosquitoes has entered the Western Hemisphere.
It’s called Chikungunya. A potentially deadly virus spread through mosquitoes.
Outbreaks have primarily occurred in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
But in late 2013, the virus spread to the Caribbean — since then there’s been over 20,000 cases in that area of the world alone.
Now medical experts say there’s a chance it could pop up in America.
“The symptoms of Chikungunya are a sudden onset of fever over 102 degrees and joint pain its a threat this year,” says Abelardo Moncayo, with Vector Borne Diseases.
“There’s no vaccines so the only way to protect yourself is to protect yourself against the bite of the mosquito,” says Moncayo.
Now while there hasn’t been a single Chikungunya case reported in the U.S., it’s only a matter of time — many experts believe the World Cup could speed up it’s arrival.
According to the CDC, the most common symptoms are fever and joint pain.
Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.