Health Officials Warn of New Mosquito Virus in the Midwest

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – First, West Nile Virus.

Now, we’re being told to brace for the arrival of another mosquito-borne illness.

It’s called chikungunya, and symptoms can include fever, headaches, rash and joint pain so severe it can actually lead to a permanent disability.

Complicating matters, according to Gregory Morgenthaler with St. Louis city Vector Control, is a bumper crop of mosquitoes that will reach its peak in July and August.

He says they’ve launched their counter-attack.

“One is through larvacide, killing them before they become adults, and that’s very effective because once they become pupa it’s harder to control the mosquitoes because eventually they become adults and at that point we have to do adultacide, and our fogging is well known,” he says.

Morgenthaler says the mosquito that can carry chikungunya is very distinctive with a black body and striped legs, and unlike other types of mosquito is active during the day.

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