IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. — North Carolina’s 16th case of chikungunya was confirmed in an Iredell County resident who recently traveled out of the country.
Officials with Iredell County Health Department told WSOC that the viral infection was not acquired in North Carolina.
Those traveling to affected areas in Africa, Asia, the islands of the Indian Ocean, Western Pacific, the Caribbean and since July 2013, Florida, can acquire the virus.
Chikungunya virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Symptoms of chikungunya typically include the sudden onset of fever and severe, often disabling, joint pains in the hands and feet.
Officials advise people traveling out of the country to taken precautions in preventing mosquito bites, and contact a medical provider if they develop any symptoms upon their return home.
The best way to prevent chikungunya virus is to avoid mosquito bites.