(ABC) - Summer is fully underway, and that means barbeques, picnics, and fun in the outdoors.
But now, health officials are warning Americans to be extra vigilant because a nasty virus carried by mosquitoes is starting to spread. It’s called the “Chikungunya Fever,” and has no known cure or treatment.
The virus was brought into the country by infected travelers, who had recently been to the Caribbean. The first case was reported in North Carolina, and health officials in Tennessee say they are investigating a potential case there too.
The symptoms reportedly kick in about three to seven days after the mosquito bite, and last about a week. They include: fever, headache, vomiting, rash, and joint pain – which can last for months.
The CDC says there are usually just 28 cases of the virus here in the U.S. each year, but so far, officials have already confirmed 36 imported cases.
This tropical virus is rarely fatal, and experts say protecting yourself is easy – just wear loose-fitting clothing and don’t keep containers with standing water outside your house.