Why Timing Is Terrible For Tennessee Arrival Of Chikungunya Virus

June 17, 2014 9:15 PM

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Tennessee has the kinds of mosquitoes that could transmit the Caribbean virus. And it also happens to be peak season for group mission trips to nations hard-hit by chikungunya, such as Haiti.

“Of particular concern is travel back to the southeastern U.S. – states like Tennessee – where we have the Asian Tiger mosquito, which is very good for transmitting the virus,” says Dr. Abelardo Moncayo of the Tennessee Department of Health, adding that the mosquitoes are “very active right now.”

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