|Travel Advisory - Caribbean Islands and South America
The Office of Global Health has received through the UMMS AIG a Health Advisory regarding the Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV) for the Caribbean Islands and South America. Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an illness transmitted to humans by Aedes mosquitoes carrying the virus, the same mosquitoes that carry dengue. There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment; however, medications may be used to reduce symptoms.
From UMassMed Now: Expert's Corner: Sharon Green on the Threat of CHIKV
CDC Update: July 21, 2014 - The first locally acquired case of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne disease, was reported July 17, 2014 in Florida. Learn more at "Chikungunya Hits Mainland"
To read the full CDC advisory click on this link: Aug. 11, 2014 CHIKV Advisory