Chikungunya virus in the Shoals

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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.



  • Say What

    The churchies go overseas to save the heathen souls and bring back diseases to infect the rest of us! Thanks!

  • nuclear mike

    There have been missionaries who returned from tropical countries with bot fly larva embedded under their skin which resulted in the near secret night time aerial spraying by the CDC once here in Huntsville of several square miles in the past to ensure that the bot flies were killed off .

  • Willie

    Yea,, that makes sense. Spend thousands to fly to dumps like Haiti. Then spend more giving to the people there. All the while, there are hungry kids right here at home. And on top of that, they bring back disease from these “third world” dumps. Absolute garbage.

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