Chikungunya virus in the Shoals

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It was a humbling experience that changed the lives of twelve individuals in the Shoals.  Missionaries from Launch Point Church spent one week helping orphans in Haiti.

Unfortunately, some church members ended up sick. Four of the twelve church members, who went on the trip, came back with symptoms of the Chikungunya virus.

The virus is carried by mosquitoes in the Caribbean. Health officials confirm  Alabama has a total of four preliminary positive test results and one confirmed case of Chikungunya. Two of those preliminary cases are in Colbert County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, symptoms include fever, joint pain, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling and a rash.

The Department of Public Health says it is still investigating the exposure to the virus. It will confirm those preliminary results in the upcoming weeks. For more information on the virus click here.