Foreign Virus Cases found in Indiana

Published 07/17 2014 12:30PM

Updated 07/17 2014 12:35PM

A total of 7 Hoosiers have now tested positive for the Chikungunya virus. 4 of the victims are teenagers, who said they recently traveled to the Caribbean.
The virus is spread by mosquitoes, and has been found in Caribbean countries, along with Africa, Asis and islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Chikungunya virus is most often spread to people by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictusmosquitoes.  These mosquitos tend to bite most often in the daytime.
Indiana's State Department of Health says more people are traveling.
Officials say the best way to avoid it is to apply insect repellent containing deet or other bug spray to clothes and exposed skin and reapply as directed.

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