Mosquito-Borne Virus Potentially In KentuckyThe Kentucky Department for Public Health recently provided local health departments with the following media confirming Kentucky’s first case of mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus, also called CHIKV.   Although this illness is not a concern for most Kentuckians at the present time, it is always a wise decision to stay abreast of public health occurrences.    The department has received lab results confirming the first case of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus in an Anderson County resident who recently traveled to Haiti. Results for nine possible cases in other individuals who recently traveled to the same region are still pending, but are expected to be positive. “We have been testing our first potential cases of Chikungunya virus in Kentucky residents who recently traveled to areas where the disease is present, and have received confirmation of one positive result so far,” said Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, state epidemiologist and DPH deputy commissioner. “This is not a concern for most Kentuckians at this time because the risk is only to those traveling to foreign countries where the disease is present. However, it’s always good to remember to wear protection against mosquitoes, both here at home and when traveling abroad, to protect against all mosquito-borne illnesses.” More