Health Officials Investigate Report Of New Virus - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Health Officials Investigate Report Of New Virus

Posted: Updated:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Health officials in Tennessee say they are investigating what could be a new mosquito-borne virus in the state.

The Tennessee Department of Health told media outlets on Tuesday that the state may have its first cases of the chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus, which is painful but not usually fatal.

Officials said those exhibiting symptoms recently traveled to the Caribbean, where the disease has reached an epidemic state. Symptoms, including a high fever, nausea and joint pain, can be severe.

Abelardo Moncayo, director of the state Health Department's vector-borne diseases program, says anyone exhibiting symptoms should limit their exposure to mosquitoes because the insects can pick up the virus from an infected person and spread it.

He says the species of mosquitoes that carry the disease are abundant in Tennessee.

Click here to leave a comment on our Facebook page
Click here to comment on our Twitter



Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices