Seven months after the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya was recognized in the Western Hemisphere, the first locally acquired case of the disease has surfaced in the continental United States. The case was reported July 17 in Florida in a male who had not recently traveled outside the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with the Florida Department of Health to investigate how the patient contracted the virus; CDC will also monitor for additional locally acquired U.S. cases in the coming weeks and months.
Read more about the case and get information on vector control programs. Learn more about how local health departments can prepare for chikungunya.