CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. — There’s now a confirmed case of the chikungunya virus in Cabarrus County, the first for the county and 10th in the state.
Health officials are warning people to use insect repellent and stay away from standing water because there is no vaccine and no treatment for the mosquito virus.
The virus is usually contracted by people who are traveling outside the United States, but now there are two cases in Florida in which the patients contracted the virus in the country.
Public Health Officer William Pilkington told WSOC it’s likely the number of cases will increase. He says people will know if they contract the virus because of the fever and joint pains that come with it.