The second case of Chikungunya has been confirmed in Texas, this time a Harris County resident.
The Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services said that the person had recently traveled abroad.
"Many of our residents travel abroad for pleasure and business, so we're not surprised to learn that someone from our area has been infected with Chikungunya. Prevention remains key," said Dr. Umair Shah, the executive director of HCPHES.
Preventive measure include using mosquito repellents, covering exposed arms and legs, making sure to empty containers with standing water, etc.
People who traveled abroad and have developed fever, joint pains or a rash within two weeks of their trip should see their health care provider and report recent travel.
People become infected with Chikungunya through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, which bite during the day. Chikungunya is not spread from person-to-person contact.
Monday, July 21 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:41:34 GMT
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