The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today the latest chikungunya case counts in the United States and if you thought Florida has seen the most cases, think again.
As of September 16, a total of 1,052 chikungunya virus disease cases (1,043 travel associated/9 locally acquired) have been reported to ArboNET from 44 U.S. states.
New York state leads all states in the number of cases with 252, or 24 percent of the national total.
Only Alaska, Vermont, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Utah have not reported a chikungunya case to date.
For the travel associated cases, more than 98 percent are linked to travel in the Americas and Caribbean while the remainder are associated with travel to the Pacific Islands or Asia.
From 2006‒2013, studies identified an average of 28 people per year in the United States with positive tests for recent chikungunya virus infection (Range 5‒65 per year). All were travelers visiting or returning to the United States from affected areas, mostly in Asia.
Chikungunya is a virus transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes such asAedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus . It causes high fever, joint pain, headache and muscle. Although it rarely causes death, joint pain can last for months or years and sometimes become a cause of chronic pain and disability for some people. There is no specific treatment or vaccine available to prevent infection of this virus. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page