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Health Department To Elect New President, Discuss Chikungunya Virus

Reported by: Send eMail Kaylin Searles, Martin Hicks
Reported: Jul. 17, 2014 8:23 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 17, 2014 10:03 AM EDT
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Summer means longer days and with that comes more time outdoors.

It's important to get your facts straight when it comes to protecting yourself against mosquitoes. Mosquito borne illnesses are a real threat, and they are becoming more widespread, health department officials said.

The Kanawha Charleston Health Department is holding a meeting Thursday to discuss chikungunya, the latest mosquito illness to hit the Mountain State.

There is no specific treatment for the chikungunya virus nor is there a vaccine.

Sufferers report high fever and joint pain as the virus moves through their system. The joint pain may become permanent.

Also at Thursday's meeting, the health board plans to elect a new president.

There will be a period for public comment near the end of the meeting.



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