First Case of Chikungunya Mosquito Virus Confirmed in Texas

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The chikungunya virus has popped up in Williamson County.
By now, you must have heard about the new virus -- the one that gets passed by mosquitoes that bite during the day -- that could potentially come to Texas. Well, there's nothing potential about it anymore.

The first Texas case has been confirmed by the Department of State Health Services. A resident of Williamson County, 160 miles south of Dallas, was infected while vacationing in the Caribbean, which has been dealing with the virus since 2013.

The virus has not spread locally in the United States, but now that is a possibility because the virus and the mosquitoes that pass it are on our soil. Unlike West Nile virus, chikungunya ("chicken-goon-ya") can only be passed from one human to another, via mosquito bite.

See also: Health Officials Prepare for a Possible New Mosquito Virus

Given mosquitoes' limited flying range, it's unlikely any Texas bugs that snacked on the Williamson County victim will make the trek up Interstate 35 to infect anyone here, and the disease is rarely fatal.


Or, you know, wear pants and long-sleeves if you're going to be outside during the day.

Send your story tips to the author, Sky Chadde.

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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Delicious chicken gumbo with andouille sausages, served with rice, and accompanied by a simply delightful, and slightly sweet, Alsatian Gewurztraminer.


they warned him not to order the Chickun Gunya.

mavdog topcommenter

Obama is to blame!

It has to be a plan to swing the next election!

Why didn't Obama put more personnel on duty to stop these insects from coming across the border!

now the American tax payer is going to need to pay for the removal of this pestilence, not to mention the "anchor babies" they have while here!


Diseased bloodsuckers are pouring across our borders. It's time we stood up and mount a protest. Who's with me?

TheRuddSki topcommenter


More likely, you'll see this connected to Global Climate Shift, and Harry Reid will blame the Koch Brothers.

In time, TSA will need a blood sample at security.

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