RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A suspected case of chikungunya in a person who recently traveled to the Caribbean is under investigation in Randolph County.
“Anyone visiting countries where chikungunya is widespread should protect themselves against mosquito bites,” Randolph County Health Director MiMi Cooper said.
There is no medicine to treat chikungunya, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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 protect yourself and your family against mosquito bites:
- Wear light colored long pants and long sleeve shirts.
- Reduce time spent outdoors, particularly during early morning and early evening hours when mosquitoes are most active.
- Apply EPA approved mosquito repellents such as DEET, picardin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 to exposed skin areas.
- Always follow guidelines when using mosquito repellent.
- Since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA registered repellent will give extra protection.