MosquitoNix(R), the nation's leader in mosquito control and mosquito misting systems, is alerting the U.S. population about Chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted to humans by mosquitos. Historically, Chikungunya threatened areas in Africa and Asia. But in 2014, the virus arrived in the Americas for the first time. It swept the Caribbean and surrounding nations and infected hundreds of thousands of locals and more than a thousand of American tourists. In December 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that 11 cases of Chikungunya in Florida were locally transmitted. The CDC also reported that 1,110 Americans were infected with the virus when they traveled to areas where Chikungunya is more common.
Following are ten things to know about the Chikungunya virus so that people can protect themselves and stop the virus from spreading.