Via the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, a June 9 news release: First Nebraska Case of Mosquito-borne Virus - Chikungunya. Excerpt:
Lincoln – The first Nebraska case of a mosquito-borne virus called chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) was recently reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The person, a female under 25 years old from eastern Nebraska, recently traveled to Haiti and public health officials believe she got the virus there. She was hospitalized and later released.
“Travel-associated cases of chikungunya are still fairly uncommon in the U.S. However, we expect to see more in the coming years,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. “Thankfully, deaths from the disease are rare but the pain can be severe and debilitating.”