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  • common tater Jun 13, 2:12 p.m.

    With unchecked immigration, legal and illegal, every new virus that pops up will spread rapidly.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Jun 13, 1:23 p.m.

    I figured this virus would make it here soon. I saw it on BBC over the winter. Everybody who... View More

    — Posted by Anita Woody

    Obvious fear mongering to further the liberal agenda.

  • yesplease Jun 12, 7:02 p.m.

    The Asian Tiger mosquitoes seem to be fairly similar in their eating patterns to those in the... View More

    — Posted by bradleystephengreen

    it's not really a matter of feeding pattern but rather whether a certain species of mosquito can support replication of a given virus. For example aedes aegypti is very good at supporting replication of dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya. However, west Nile is primarily transmitted by another species, culex pipiens, in the US at least. Aedes albopictus, the tiger mosquito, can transmit dengue, chikungunya and a host of others. It is not as good a vector for dengue and chik as aegypti but it's spreading very aggressively into new areas and thus could be important in transmitting these diseases. The predominant factor for the spread of these viruses is whether a suitable vector is around or not.

  • bradleystephengreen Jun 12, 6:17 p.m.

    The Asian Tiger mosquitoes seem to be fairly similar in their eating patterns to those in the Caribbean, so they are quite capable of spreading the virus, unfortunately.

  • sixnitepkg Jun 12, 3:49 p.m.

    scubagirl2

    you are correct people have died due to complications from chikungunya but it is exceedingly RARE and usually associated with comorbid infections. according to the CDC chikungunya and Dengue fever are clinically very similar, but Dengue causes far more fatalities. (and Dengue fever IS and has been in the U.S. for YEARS - "world wide since the 1950's"

    sorry, but I have an annoying tendency to LOOK THE FACTS UP... something the radical right-wing despises

  • luvstoQ Jun 12, 1:59 p.m.

    SIXNITEPKG, thanks for speaking so 'lightly' about arthritic pain in the joints - it's fairly clear you aren't in the age group that usually suffers from what you dismiss so easily!

    No, it shouldn't be used as an 'excuse' for abusing pain meds, but I'll tell you right now the pain will sometimes make you want to.

  • yesplease Jun 12, 1:49 p.m.

    Just because the disease has not established itself yet in the US does not mean that it cannot happen. West Nile was imported into the US in 1999 and is here to stay because suitable vectors (mosquitoes) are present here. The same is true for Chikungunya. Suitable vectors are present in the US and are spreading their range. The disease might establish itself here or it might not, who knows. Dismissing the possibility of tropical diseases being imported is shortsighted. After all Yellow fever once reached up as far north as Boston.......

  • landonsgrampa Jun 12, 1:44 p.m.

    BUT what they DO NOT TELL YOU is that it is FAR less dangerous than the flu as far as mortality - no one has died from this (about as dangerous as the common cold actually)...Written by SIXNITEPKG

    Vulnerable groups, including newborns, those over 65 and those with chronic illness, risk a more severe form of the disease. In rare cases, patients have died.....Written in this article.

    How do you miss an entire paragraph?

  • Moonlight Jun 12, 1:38 p.m.

    What a stupid click-bait headline. You'd think from reading that someone actually got it from a... View More

    — Posted by letsgocanes

    ...and instead of complaining about the info, if you actually read the article..its said mosquitos can continue to spread it person to person here...that's why they gave examples of how to keep them at bay.

  • Anita Woody Jun 12, 1:25 p.m.

    I figured this virus would make it here soon. I saw it on BBC over the winter. Everybody who gets it says they just wish they were dead the joint pain from it literally makes you disabled for many days.

  • NoMoreOfThat Jun 12, 12:58 p.m.

    First case of what? Never heard of it. Is it the disease of the week? Because we know you guys in the media like to have something new to worry the public with every week.

    So what should we do about it Government and media? Should we all quit our jobs and lock ourselves in our homes? Wrap ourselves in screen and duct tape it around our bodies?

    This is the least of our concerns. Should I remind you who our President is? I'm sure he'll have a solution for us.

  • SomewhereLeftOfRTP Jun 12, 12:35 p.m.

    oooh the dreaded chikungunya virus!!!

    just for those who might be frightened by this... View More

    — Posted by sixnitepkg

    Long-term, intractable pain is not an excuse for abuse of narcotics. It's a valid reason for use of narcotics. That's what they're for.

  • scubagirl2 Jun 12, 12:31 p.m.

    oooh the dreaded chikungunya virus!!!

    just for those who might be frightened by this... View More

    — Posted by sixnitepkg

    MAYBE, MOST LIKELY one will NOT die from this but some HAVE so your statement is a bit off. As to folks using the pain & arthritis-like symptoms as an excuse......do you or have you ever HAD arthritis-like symptoms? I have and trust me you don't want to.....

  • abwhite88 Jun 12, 12:28 p.m.

    Let the panic begin.

  • MudLife Jun 12, 12:25 p.m.

    When I read the headline it was like the mosquito bit them in NC. Not in the Carribean.

  • letsgocanes Jun 12, 12:23 p.m.

    What a stupid click-bait headline. You'd think from reading that someone actually got it from a mosquito in NC, but no, they were somewhere ENTIRELY different and just live here.

  • SomewhereLeftOfRTP Jun 12, 12:19 p.m.

    Well, thanks for bringing us back that souvenir, I guess.

    I really, really hope this infected individual wasn't bitten by any local mosquitoes, who then managed to get away with the virus...

  • sixnitepkg Jun 12, 12:16 p.m.

    oooh the dreaded chikungunya virus!!!

    just for those who might be frightened by this "chikungunya" means "that which bends up" for the cramping, and joint pain - much like flu aches and pains, BUT what they DO NOT TELL YOU is that it is FAR less dangerous than the flu as far as mortality - no one has died from this (about as dangerous as the common cold actually) most people may feel rotten for a week or so, but you'll live, The bad part of this is the long term aches, pain and arthritis-like symptoms that many people will use as an excuse for abuse of narcotics!

  • Jimm57 Jun 12, 12:14 p.m.

    What a cute lil' fella! Imagine if mosquitos really were this big?

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