Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer
214.819.6329 (office) 214.394.8109 (cell)
Zachary Thompson, Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DCHHS Reports First Travel Associated Chikungunya Case This Year
DALLAS (July 7, 2017) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the first travel associated Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) case in Dallas County for 2017.
The 45-year-old resident of Irving was infected during recent travel to Bangladesh (South Asia). For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional information.
CHIKV is transmitted to people through mosquito bites from Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. These are the same mosquitoes that have been found to carry Zika, Dengue and West Nile virus. CHIKV does not often result in death, however the symptoms can be disabling. Most people infected with CHIKV will develop symptoms of fever, joint pain, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.
CDC advises there is no vaccine to treat or prevent the Chikungunya virus. Treatment consists of rest, drinking fluids to prevent dehydration and Tylenol to reduce fever and pain.
The best way to avoid exposure to CHIKV is to avoid mosquito bites. Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce their risk.
- DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that
- contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.
Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.
- Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.
- Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
More information about CHIKV can be found on the DCHHS website.