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Plano Reports 1st Human Chikungunya Case Of 2015

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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - Health officials in Plano have confirmed the city's first human case of the Chikungunya virus.

Officials with the Collin County Health Department say the case involves a traveler who was infected in another country, and then returned to the United States. The person lives near Plano Parkway and 15th Street.

Since Chikungunya is transmitted to human by mosquitoes, Plano Environmental Health plan on spraying the area near the person's address on Thursday evening.

The most common symptoms of Chikungunya include fever and joint pain, but can also include symptoms like headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.

In addition to the confirmed Chikungunya case, officials with the Plano Environmental Health Department also confirmed a second positive test of a mosquito for the West Nile Virus. The positive mosquito pool was at Bob Woodruff Park and that is where crews will spray for mosquitoes on the evening of August 13.

All North Texans are being asked to adhere to the Five D's when it comes to controlling the presence of mosquitoes that transmit West Nile.

  • DRAIN—all areas of standing water including changing water in wading pools, birdbaths, and cleaning out gutters;
  • DEET—Use bug spray and protect clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET;
  • DRESS—Dress in light- colored clothing with long sleeves and wear long pants;
  • DUSK/DAWN—Limit outdoor exposure at dusk and dawn;
  • DOORS—Keep door and window screens in good repair

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