NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – With the weather starting to get warmer, the Tennessee Department of Health is encouraging everyone to protect themselves from mosquitoes that could be carrying the Chikungunya virus.
In 2014, Tennessee had its first confirmed case and since then, 42 other cases have been confirmed, all of which involved travel outside of the state, according to the health department.
The Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, said those who plan to travel to warmer destinations should take precautions because there is no vaccine to prevent the Chikungunya virus.
“The only way to prevent its spread is the effective use of repellants and personal protection strategies.”
The Health Department stated that those who get infected usually suffer severe joint and muscle pain, fever, headaches, fatigue and rash.
Chikungunya is rarely fatal, but there are ways to protect yourself, read more here.
For more information on what to do if you are infected please visit the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention website.