Dallas County

Dallas County Reports 4th Case of Chikungunya

The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department confirms a fourth case of Chikungunya in Dallas County this year.

Officials said the patient was infected with the virus during a trip to a country where it is endemic.

Further details on this case were not released due to medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons.

Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, and it can cause sudden fever and joint pain, as well as rashes.

While most people infected with Chikungunya recover, there is no vaccine, and it can become disabling.

Health officials urge the public to take protective measures by utilizing the "4Ds" to reduce the risk of being bitten by a mosquito infected with Chikungunya:

DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

DRESS: Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside.

DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.

DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

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