(September 28, 2017) Collin County Health Care Services has informed the City of Frisco of a probable case of the Chikungunya virus involving a Frisco resident. The case involves a patient who traveled outside the U.S. No further information is available about the patient.
Chikungunya virus is spread by infected mosquitos. Experts say symptoms include fever and joint pain that may persist up to ten days. Read more from the Texas Department of State Health Services website.
The DSHS website also encourages people to use caution when traveling in regions and countries where Chikungunya virus transmission is ongoing. DSHS recommends the following steps to avoid mosquito bites.
- Wear Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents.
- Cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Keep mosquitoes out with air conditioning or intact window screens.
- Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.