DALLAS COUNTY -- Another case of the Chikungunya virus has been confirmed in both Dallas and Tarrant counties.
It is the second case of the virus in each county.
Dallas County Health and Human Services said the patient in that county was infected during a recent trip to the Dominican Republic and was diagnosed after returning home. Likewise, the Tarrant County health department said the patient in that county contracted the disease while in Puerto Rico.
The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and causes high fever and severe joint pain.
There is no specific medication or vaccine for the virus.
The DCHHS says you should follow the 4Ds to reduce catching the West Nile or Chikungunya viruses:
- DEET : Wear insect repellent containing DEET all day, every day
- DRESS: Wear long and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing
- DRAIN: Don't leave standing water alone around your home
- DUSK & DAWN: Try to avoid going outside during dusk and dawn hours
Second case of Chikungunya found in Dallas, Tarrant counties