Transcript for Health Alert: Mosquito-Borne Virus Appears in US
George, move on to medical news and an important health alert. A viral disease spread by mosquitoes showing up in the U.S. More cases in Boston over the weekend. There are now 130 cases reported so far this year, and ABC's chief health and medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser is here with chikungunya. Yes, it's a nasty viral infection, started in Africa, went to Asia, southern Europe, and last year in the caribbean. American travelers to the caribbean. The symptoms, fever, muscle ache, headache, a variety of rashes. And severe joint pain. It means walking bent over, it's from the joint pain. What's the concern here in the U.S.? If this virus sets up shop in American mosquitoes, and we have mosquitoes that can spread this, then we can see a problem like with west nile virus. No treatment? No treatment or vaccine. Use repellants with deet, covering up during the times they're biting. And at home for west nile and other mosquitos, no standing water. This is the time of the year. This is it. Fight the bite. Thanks. Fight the bite, I like that.
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