On June 25, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the second case of Chikungunya to appear in the state.
The disease that is carried by way of a mosquito was discovered when a Almance County man recently returned home from a vacation in the Caribbean.
Health officials in Macon County are now urging travelers to be aware of diseases that may be possible to contract in their noted destinations.
“Be very attentive to preventing mosquito bites, not only to prevent Chikungunya but also dengue, which is prevalent in the Caribbean,” says Stan Pulanski, physician's assistant at the Macon County Health Department. “Use an effective repellent, sleep in mosquito-free rooms, and consider staying indoors if there are swarms of mosquitoes around at certain times of the day.”