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Published On: Thu, Jun 5th, 2014

Chikungunya: Alabama resident diagnosed and treated in Mississippi

In a follow-up to a report of an imported chikungunya case in Mississippi, Mississippi Department of Health (MDH) spokesperson, Liz Charlotte said the patient is an Alabama resident.

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito Image/CDC

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito
Image/CDC

In an interview with The Global Dispatch, Ms. Charlotte confirmed the chikungunya case was an Alabama resident who traveled to Haiti, where the virus was contracted. The patient was diagnosed and treated for the mosquito borne virus in Mississippi, later released and has returned to Alabama.

There are no details on the gender or other demographics for the infected individual. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

Charlotte says Chikungunya is not a concern for Mississippi as the appropriate vector mosquito is not present in the state. She does remind the public that they are at risk of the virus if they travel to areas where chikungunya is present like Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Related: Mississippi reports second human West Nile virus case of 2014

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