Transcript for 25 New Cases of Chikungunya in New Jersey
Mosquitoes are -- summer but this year they're spreading a viral infection called -- good yeah. Cases stretching good you have an -- and 38 states but almost exclusively in people who traveled to the Caribbean or Central America where the outbreak began. And that seems to be true now in New Jersey as well what's just announced 25 new cases here's ABC's Josh Haskell story. Point five New Jersey residents who recently returned from traveling to the Caribbean have reportedly brought back the mosquito carrying virus chicken -- yet. Always it is it painful you know in the African language it means. Bent over with -- the virus is rarely fatal but can be debilitating. Symptoms include high fever headache muscle and joint pain. The virus is not contagious person to person but local mosquitoes can sting a person who contracted chicken Kenya elsewhere. Therefore acquiring the disease and passing it along to people who have not traveled abroad. We're randomly sampling around accounting collect and mosquitoes and submitting those. For testing mosquitoes in New Jersey don't appear to have contracted chicken going at this point. But with a 25 new cases the state Health Department is setting traps using -- that smells like human sweat. To attract the Asian tiger mosquito who transmits -- in Kenya. The chance that this will be -- nationwide outbreak is very small to nonexistent but little focal. Areas of infection and transmission. Yes Florida has seen the most cases of the disease was 77. Including the first two US acquired cases earlier this month. Now there is no vaccine to prevent more medicine to treat the virus in new Jersey state Health Department is urging residents. To eliminate standing water in their backyards put screens on windows and doors and Wear insect repellent. When outside so Johnson's great to have you here how what does it take for these symptoms to appear in who's most at risk. Well if infected it would take a person about three to seven days in those most at risk are infants under year old. Those 65 or older. Or people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and make -- some of the most susceptible in our population ABC's Josh Haskell thank you so much for joining --
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