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SharonfromSXM
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This article says Chikungunya in North Carolina
      #1594567 - 06/14/14 06:04 PM (69.122.207.94)

http://www.aol.com/article/2014/06/13/new-mosquito-carried-virus-confirmed-in-us/20912196/?a_dgi

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Re: This article says Chikungunya in North Carolina [Re: SharonfromSXM]
      #1594571 - 06/14/14 07:13 PM (70.193.1.163)

I saw that too, but is the mosquito that carries the disease here? If not, then it shouldn't spread.

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Re: This article says Chikungunya in North Carolina [Re: GaKaye]
      #1594597 - 06/14/14 09:46 PM (69.122.207.94)

I was totally unaware that we had those mosquitoes in the US but this is from the CDC in 1997 & I found charts that show they cover the East Coast up to around NY & in towards the center of the country. They also have them in CA., Texas, etc.

Since its discovery in Houston, Texas, in 1987, the Asian "tiger mosquito" Aedes albopictus has spread to 678 counties in 25 states. This species, which readily colonizes container habitats in the peridomestic environment, was probably introduced into the continental United States in shipments of scrap tires from northern Asia. The early pattern of dispersal followed the interstate highway system, which suggests further dispersal by human activities. The Public Health Service Act of 1988 requires shipments of used tires from countries with Ae. albopictus to be treated to prevent further importations. Given the extensive spread of the mosquito in the United States, it is questionable whether such a requirement is still justified. Ae. albopictus, a major biting pest throughout much of its range, is a competent laboratory vector of at least 22 arboviruses, including many viruses of public health importance. Cache Valley and eastern equine encephalomyelitis viruses are the only human pathogens isolated from U.S. populations of Ae. albopictus.

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Re: This article says Chikungunya in North Carolina [Re: SharonfromSXM]
      #1594619 - 06/15/14 07:13 AM (70.193.4.84)

Oh well, so much for that theory!

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Re: This article says Chikungunya in North Carolina [Re: GaKaye]
      #1594622 - 06/15/14 07:28 AM (70.193.4.84)

There's a story on the news right now, reporting 41 cases in the US. The CDC is concerned, but say it's not an "outbreak".

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Re: This article says Chikungunya in North Carolina [Re: GaKaye]
      #1594658 - 06/15/14 12:16 PM (75.172.36.21)

I read that if the Aedes mosquito cross mates with another specie the offspring can't transmit the disease even if it bites an infected host and then bites another. Only a pure Aedes can be a carrier and that mosquito has to bite an infected host to be a carrier.

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Re: This article says Chikungunya in North Carolina [Re: SXMScubaman]
      #1594743 - 06/16/14 09:24 AM (24.60.209.87)

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SXMScubaman said:
I read that if the Aedes mosquito cross mates with another specie the offspring can't transmit the disease even if it bites an infected host and then bites another. Only a pure Aedes can be a carrier and that mosquito has to bite an infected host to be a carrier.




That's encouraging information!


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Re: This article says Chikungunya in North Carolina [Re: SharonfromSXM]
      #1594748 - 06/16/14 10:07 AM (24.46.38.173)

We are heading to Newport RI for 2 nights---they say it's in Rhode Island too!!!!
I left all my bug spray in SXM.....
It seems impossible how this thing spreads--a mosquito has to bite an infected person and then bite someone else.


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Re: This article says Chikungunya in North Carolina [Re: The_Lurker]
      #1594755 - 06/16/14 11:30 AM (75.172.36.21)

And that mosquito has to be a pure Aedes mosquito (not a cross breed )which is the only kind that can carry and transmit the disease.

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