CDC Issues Warning of Mosquito Borne Virus in Yap

Yap, FSM (January 22, 2014) - Between August to December of 2013, the State of Yap has reported over 1,400 cases of Chikungunya, a virus that is spread through mosquito bites. Earlier this week the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) began issuing warnings to all travelers to the area.

Currently, there is no vaccine or medicine to prevent Chikungunya fever. However, no deaths have been reported. The public has been advised to take all necessary precautions to prevent mosquito bites including: covering exposed skin, using insect repellent, and staying in screened or air-conditioned rooms.

Symptoms of the virus include: fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, rash, and muscle or joint pain.

For additional information:

1. CDC. Chikungunya in FSM.