Chikungunya in the U.S. – Should Greenville Residents Be Worried About This New Mosquito-Borne Virus?

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Chikungunya in the U.S. – Should Greenville Residents Be Worried About This New Mosquito-Borne Virus?

December 20, 2023

Have you seen all the media attention on a new mosquito-borne virus called Chikungunya?  Not only is it spreading rapidly, it is getting National news coverage on programs like Good Morning America. That’s because the virus is new to the United States and is spreading quickly. In fact, confirmed cases are as close to us as Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida as well as other states.

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There is good and bad new regarding Chikungunya. The good news is that although mosquitoes, specifically the Aedes aegypti, spread the virus no locally transmitted cases have been confirmed.  So how is the virus spreading? By travelers who visit other areas where these mosquitoes are infected. The greatest majority of travelers lately are coming from the Caribbean where they contracted the disease.

The bad news is that with the increasing number of confirmed cases, officials fear mosquitoes within the United States could bite an infected person and begin the transmission to others. The other bad news is that because the virus is so new, there is no vaccine, cure or specific treatment for Chikungunya. Fortunately, most symptoms that include fever, headaches, muscle pain and an itchy rash can be treated and typically do not last too long. But, some with the disease in other countries have reported joint pain lasting as long as five years or a relapse of this pain after symptoms had subsided.

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The best protection again Chikungunya as well as other mosquito-borne diseases is prevention.That can sometimes be difficult in these summer months when you want to spend time outdoors. Mosquito Squad of Greenville can help protect you and your family with our triple protection mosquito barrier treatment.  Our barrier treatment targets mosquitoes and eliminates them on contact. A special binding agent allows our mist to remain on your vegetation, continuing to eradicate mosquitoes for 21 days, which is when we come back for another application.  It also creates a barrier around your yard to keep additional mosquitoes from entering.

One call to Mosquito Squad of Greenville sets you up for our triple protection barrier treatment all season long. Don’t let any mosquito-borne illness ruin your summers when Mosquito Squad of Greenville is ready to protect your family. Call us now to sign up and you’ll be enjoying your yard all summer long. (864) 362-2013