You’ve heard for West Nile Virus, but what about Chikungunya?

West Nile Virus, Chickungunya, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are mosquito borne diseases here in the United States. In fact, 2 of these viruses (West Nile and Chikungunya) have had cases here in Texas this year. Wes Nile Virus.  Some people contract this disease but don't even show any signs or symptoms.  Only one in five infected will develop symptoms such as a head/body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash, fever, and fewer will experience meningitis, which can be deadly.  Symptoms can take up to two weeks to show up and last for weeks. Chikungunya Virus.  You will probably develop symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle or joint pain, or a rash within a week of contracting the virus.  Quicker than West Nile Virus!  You will however, usually feel better in a week.  … [Read more...]