Via WAPT.com: Health officials warn of Chikungunya virus. Excerpt:
FLOWOOD, Miss. —Health officials are warning Mississippi residents of the Chikungunya virus.
"The lady who came in, her hands were swollen very thickly. Her fingers looked like sausages. They were beet red, and the rash was very prominent on her arms and her legs," said Connie Brinson, a travel medicine specialist. "I've never seen anything like this."
The virus originated in Africa and spread to the Caribbean before arriving in Mississippi.
A medical official from Alabama became infected in the Caribbean and was visiting Mississippi when she began showing symptoms.
"As far as we know, there haven't been cases of transmissions of Chikungunya in the United States," University of Mississippi Medical Center Dr. Skip Nolan said.
While there is no cure for Chikungunya, there are ways to prevent transmission. Prevention starts at a person's doctor's office.
"If they're traveling into an area where the disease exists, then you should certainly take precautions against mosquito bites," Nolan said.
Dr. Thomas Dobbs of the Mississippi Department of Health said they'll monitor Chikungunya, but they're more concerned about West Nile virus. Nolan agreed.
"As far as in the United States, there are a heck of a lot more things to worry about than this, and I would put (Chikungunya) way down on the list," Nolan said.