October 2, 2014
Health officials have confirmed Iowa’s first human case of the chikungunya virus. A man in the central part of the state is recovering from the mosquito-borne virus which infected him during a trip to the Caribbean.
The virus, pronounced “chicken gun yuh” can cause fever and joint pain, among other symptoms. It is typically not fatal.
Officials say it's common for an individual to be bitten by an infected mosquito while traveling outside of the state. Up until now, Iowa was one of only six states that had not reported such a case. Nebraska had its first case earlier this summer involving someone who traveled to Haiti.
The man has not been hospitalized, and additional information about his case has not been released.