Doctors issue new warning over mosquito-spread disease

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Doctors issue new warning over mosquito-spread disease

April 16, 2014 Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 3:43 PM CDT

If you have spring fever and want to get outdoors, you may want to pay attention to a new health warning.

A new deadly virus, spread by mosquitoes has entered the western hemisphere.

It's called Chikungunya and experts say there is a chance it could pop up in the U.S. this spring.

Chikungunya outbreaks have primarily occurred in Africa, Asia and Europe and has spread to the Caribbean.

Since then, there have been over 20,000 cases.

The U.S. actually has two of the mosquitoes capable of carrying the disease.

“There's no vaccines. The only way to protect yourself is to protect yourself against the bite of the mosquito,” said Abelardo Moncayo, director of vector borne diseases. “These are daytime biting mosquitoes. They're found in virtually every county in Tennessee and the Southeast.”

Two common symptoms of Chikungunya are a sudden onset of fever over 102 degrees and joint pain.

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