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.
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.
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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.