New mosquito virus found in Illinois

By WEEK Producer

New mosquito virus found in Illinois

July 7, 2014 Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM CDT

Peoria, Ill. -- You already know to avoid mosquitoes that carry West Nile Fever. Now, there's another virus carried by mosquitoes to avoid. It's Chikungunya and it's been found in 27 states including Illinois.

There is no medication or vaccine to take to prevent infection and no known treatment.

This nasty virus has been brought to the U.S. by infected travelers from the Caribbean into 27 states.

This tropical virus is rarely fatal but the symptoms are pretty terrible including: fever, headache, vomiting, rash, and joint pain that can last for months.

“My joints were hurting really bad, I was like getting really out of breath and like having a fever, really dizzy and kind of out of it,” says virus victim Ashley Manning.

“There is no medicine you can take to prevent it, there's no vaccine but what you can do is and try and avoid mosquito bites” says Dr. Richard Besser.

Health officials say the biggest risk here is in the southeastern U.S. The most cases have been confirmed in Florida.