Douglas County has its first case of the mosquito-borne virus called chikungunya. The case is the state’s fourth and recently was confirmed by laboratory tests.
The person who acquired the disease is a male over 50 years of age and recently traveled to Puerto Rico. He was not hospitalized.
“You should remember this person did not become infected in Nebraska,” said Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour. “This infection was acquired while traveling, and there will continue to be a risk for people who travel to areas where this disease has been found.”
Chikungunya has been found in Africa, Asia, Europe, islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and in countries and territories in Central and South America. It is spread through mosquito bites.
According to the CDC, Chikungunya has not been found in mosquitoes in the United States. Aedes species mosquitoes usually transmit chikungunya and bite in the daytime.
There is currently no medication to treat or prevent Chikungunya.