CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Resources have confirmed West Virginia’s first case of chikungunya — a virus that spreads through mosquito bites.

At this point, those with the DHHR will only say the infected person was treated in western West Virginia.

Symptoms of the disease include joint pain, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, nausea, rash, vomiting and fever.  Those symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

Chikungunya is most commonly carried in mosquitos in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.  However, cases of the disease have been growing in number in recent months in more than a dozen U.S. states with most of those cases connected to travelers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is currently no vaccine or medicine available to prevent chikungunya.  Health officials said people can protect themselves by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites.

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  • Sherry

    There are sprays that are non-toxic to mammals but keep the mosquito population under control. Resort communities spray regularly as do other towns with wetlands.

  • Roger

    Pretty sure the quantity of bugs has remained constant. But I do know that the ability for people to cry about it had increased.

    • WV Worker

      The bugs are worst and virus are coming more common thru these mosquitos. Not to wish anyone bad luck but I hope you get bit and the we can hear you cry.

  • WV Worker

    I have a question: Was the victim bitten in the US or in his or her travels? Do we have the mosquitos? Why can't the state/states spray like they use to when we were younger? The bugs are getting out of hand, people are getting sick, spray for the good of the people. I am sure there is something out there that will kill the mosquitos and not harm the rest it has been done before. Is the idea not to spray to kill off people. You can't go outside and enjoy a baseball game, camping for the gnats and mosquitos. How long will it be before the deet spray we use start to hurt us?

    • Ole Sasquatch

      Yes, the idea is not to spray to kill off the people.