10 confirmed cases of chikungunya in NC

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

WNCN.com
Jul 23, 2014

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. –

A 10th case of a mosquito-borne virus that can sicken people for weeks as been confirmed in North Carolina.

The case was confirmed in Cabarrus County by Cabarrus Health Alliance officials. The chikungunya virus was confirmed in a resident who recently traveled to a Caribbean country.

“Cabarrus Health Alliance officials have been in contact with the patient, their physician, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control regarding this case,” Dr. William Pilkington, CEO and Public Health Director at Cabarrus Health Alliance stated in a written release. “This is a travel related case meaning the patient was infected by being bitten while traveling,” he continued.

North Carolina currently has 10 confirmed cases of chikungunya.

And although this is no treatment of current vaccine, a Raleigh lab is working to create a vaccine. Arbovax, with help from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, is working with controlled versions of the virus to develop a vaccine.

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