Columbia, SC -- DHEC has confirmed the first case of Chikungunya virus in South Carolina. The patient is in the Upstate. DHEC says the person has recently returned from a trip to Haiti where they likely contracted the virus.
Chikungunya is a mosquitio borne illness that can cause headaches, fever, joint swelling and muscle pain.
So far, those in the United States who have been diagnosed with Chikungunya have contracted the illness while overseas.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there is no vaccine or medication that is available to treat the infection. They say symptoms begin within 3-7 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito and most patients feel better within a week but can persist for months in some cases.
DHEC suggest using mosquito repellents containing deet to help protect yourself from mosquito illnesses.
You can read more about the virus on the CDC website.