First confirmed NC case of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus reported in Forsyth Co.

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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.



  • Four

    Sound like more then try wrestleing a nine footer and see hale your joints feel and the rash bumpier then any other rash ya Eva had. Either way ya gonna stink or hurt when ya go outside to defeat every single promblems in this here community. Prayers and praise to god and let the suffering end from this here creatures of pest and pesky problem related to their short but terminally troublesome life. Give us NC pride and power to overcome the fun of hearing whistle pigs and feeding a shunk or getting bit by a mosquito so small ya don’t have to see him to know they are there waiting for uncovered flesh shining in the eyes at the end of the needle shape teeth griping the outer edges of of contact resouses that start the illness. Be gotten be gone be forever re mutated into nevermore

      • Eagle2758

        Earl, you are a fool, people like you are what’s wrong in our country. We can send you to the bordeer to check out the sickness coming in,DA!

    • jcthomp

      I’m wondering how you plan to keep the foreign mosquitoes out? Disease vectors are usually pretty specific; only certain species of mosquitoes carry certain diseases. I understand we have the international used tire trade to thank for the diurnal Asian tigers that dominate my area.

      • sophie

        An infected person enters the United States from a foreign country. A (domestic) mosquito bites that infected foreigner, then goes on to bite another person infecting that person with the disease, and so on and on…..That is how this disease is spread. Not by foreign mosquitoes, but by infected foreigners, many of them illegally in the country. Can’t believe I really had to explain that one.

    • JT

      Amen! Them there foreign, illegal skeeters come to this country, live tax free, have anchor-baby skeeters, illegally vote without a skeeter ID in our skeeter elections, and take jobs from Murcan skeeters! And that foreign-skeeter loving Muslim, Kenyan skeeter in the skeeter house is opening up the border for these illegal skeeters! We need to get ICE involved here and deport all them skeeters back to their home skeeter country! MURCA!!!!!

  • Mandy Crotts

    I just read a few online articles about chikungunya and two articles state to avoid NSAID (ibuprofen) as it can increase bleeding risks

      • John Sawtooth

        What that means is to take a pain reliever that is not one of the NSAID medications. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the most well known. It does not thin the blood nor do much for inflammation, it is mostly a pain blocker. The NSAIDs reduce pain by reducing the swelling that causes the pain. A doctor could also prescribe mild steroids instead of NSAIDs and that would also help relieve the pain. One might hope that with serious symptoms people might see a doctor about this. :-(

  • tammielee196388

    Let’s read our bibles an see if the answer may lie there. It is only going to get worse an before it’s all said an done taking an ibuprofen won’t help a bit.

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