FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – A case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has been confirmed in Forsyth County, according to Health Director Marlon Hunter. It appears to be the first confirmed case of the virus in the state.
There is no medicine to treat chikungunya, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Representatives of the Forsyth County Department of Public Health will hold a news conference Thursday at 9 a.m. to provide information on the chikungunya virus infection and basic measures to minimize exposure to the virus.
The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.
Chikungunya does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling, the CDC says. Most people recover within a week but in some cases can experience joint pain that persists for months.
Symptoms typically begin three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.
To decrease symptoms, the CDC recommends getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids to prevent dehydration and taking medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain.