NACCHO, CDC Webinar Examines Chikungunya Virus

NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released an archived version of the webinar “Chikungunya in the United States.” Marc Fischer, a CDC medical epidemiologist, provides information on chikungunya virus disease epidemiology, diagnosis, surveillance, and response in the United States. View the webinar or access the presentation

Chikungunya, a virus transmitted to people by mosquitoes, is emerging in the Western Hemisphere. Common symptoms of infection include joint pain and fever. In 2015, chikungunya virus disease became a nationally notifiable disease.

Currently, in 2015 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a total of 177 chikungunya virus disease cases in the U.S. states and a total of 89 cases from the U.S. territories. In 2014, a total of 2,792 cases were reported from U.S. states. Eleven locally-transmitted cases were reported from Florida. All other reported cases have been travelers returning from affected areas in the Caribbean, South America, the Pacific Islands, or Asia. The CDC is working closely with the Florida Department of Health to investigate how the patients contracted the virus and also will monitor for additional locally acquired United States cases.

About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown serves as a Senior Program Analyst for Environmental Health, Pandemic Response, and Catastrophic Preparedness at NACCHO. Her work includes climate change preparedness, medical countermeasure planning and implementation efforts, and exploring the legal issues surrounding radiation preparedness.Twitter: @LisaBrownMPH

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