Douglas County has its first case of the mosquito-borne virus called chikungunya.
The case is the state’s fourth and recently was confirmed by laboratory tests. The person who acquired the disease is a male over 50 years of age and recently traveled to Puerto Rico. He was not hospitalized.
“You should remember this person did not become infected in Nebraska,” said Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour. “This infection was acquired while traveling, and there will continue to be a risk for people who travel to areas where this disease has been found.”
Chikungunya has not been found in mosquitoes in the U.S. according to the CDC.
The most common chikungunya symptoms are fever and severe joint pain, often in hands and feet. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain or rash. Symptoms usually start within a week of being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Health officials say it’s important to protect yourself against mosquito bites:
Use mosquito repellent containing DEET.
Dress in long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks when you’re outside.
Drain standing water around your home – that provides an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.