Via RGVproud.com: Cameron County reports probable case of Chikungunya in Texas. Cameron County is at the extreme southern tip of Texas, not far from the Mexican border. Excerpt and then a comment:
Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services has been investigating a probable case of Chikungunya virus infection.
This case initially presented to a doctor’s office in November 2015 and tested in January 2016; however, it was not reported to the health department until April 2016. The investigation has since determined that the case was acquired locally and is being considered the first locally acquired probable case of Chikungunya in the State of Texas.
Chikungunya virus is transmitted to people through mosquito bites and cannot be spread from one person to another person. The most common symptoms of Chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Should anyone experience any of these symptoms, a visit to the health care provider should be scheduled.
"While this is the first reported locally acquired probable case of Chikungunya, the overall risk of being infected with Chikungunya virus in South Texas is very low and we have no additional evidence that the virus is circulating in the local mosquito population," stated James W. Castillo, Cameron County Health Authority.
“A critical key point to also remember here is the importance of physicians reporting these conditions. It would have allowed us to work with our local municipalities to assess the mosquito issue and appropriately respond.”
So while the Americans were all spraying DEET in the direction of Zika, chikungunya slipped in and made itself at home in Texas some six months ago.