Health Officials Preparing for Threat of Mosquito-Borne Disease

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Hoping to get out in front of the problem before it arrives, St. Louis County health officials are making changes to better fend off the threat of Chikungunya.

For the first time, human cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported in the U.S.

And Drew Hane, operations manager for St. Louis County Vector Control, says unfortunately, one of the varieties of mosquito known to spread the disease can be found locally.

“… We are not completely immune to Chikungunya hitting the St. Louis area,” he says.

Realizing that, Hane says they’re taking steps now to make sure they’re ready when Chikungunya does eventually arrive here.

“We’re preparing our treatment method, and we’re adjusting our treatment methods to be able to knock down the population of the mosquitoes that could carry Chikungunya,” he says.

They are also adapting the health department laboratory to better test and identify trapped mosquitoes carrying the virus, which isn’t fatal but can cause debilitating pain, nausea, fatigue and headaches.

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