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Alert Chikungunya Virus Epidemic Spreading


Chikungunya Virus Epidemic Spreading

“Prevention”

“No vaccine exists to prevent chikungunya virus infection or disease.
 You can prevent chikungunya virus infection by avoiding mosquito bites (see below). 
The mosquitoes that spread the chikungunya virus bite mostly during the daytime.

“Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites “
   
“Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.  
If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.”
“Help reduce the number of mosquitoes outside your home or hotel room by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots or buckets.”
“When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.”
“Use insect repellents
•    Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide long lasting protection.
•    If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.
•    Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
•    Always follow the label instructions when using insect repellent or sunscreen.

2015 provisional data for the United States
•           In 2015, chikungunya virus disease became a nationally notifiable condition. Cases are reported to CDC by state and local health departments using standard case definitions.

•    As of June 2, 2015, a total of 157 chikungunya virus disease cases have been reported to ArboNET from 30 U.S. states for 2015 (Table 1 & Map). All reported cases occurred in travelers returning from affected areas. No locally-transmitted cases have been reported from U.S. states.

•    A total of 78 chikungunya virus disease cases have been reported to ArboNET from U.S. territories (Table 2). All reported cases were locally-transmitted cases reported from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

2014 provisional data for the United States
•          In 2014, chikungunya was not a nationally notifiable disease in the United States. However, chikungunya cases could be reported to ArboNET, the national surveillance system for arthropod-borne diseases. The following are provisional data reported to ArboNET for 2014; these data will be updated when they are final.

•          As of February 10, 2015, a total of 2,492 chikungunya virus disease cases were reported to ArboNET from U.S. states for 2014 (Table 1 & Map). Eleven locally-transmitted cases were
reported from Florida. All other cases occurred in travellers returning from affected areas.

•          A total of 4,513 chikungunya virus disease cases were reported to ArboNET from U.S. territories for 2014 (Table 2). Of these, 4,467 were locally-transmitted cases reported from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The remaining 46 cases occurred in travelers returning from other affected areas.

(from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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