It’s a virus with a name that sounds silly in English: chikungunya. The pain it brings, however, is expressed in the translation of the African dialect’s word: "that which bends up." The mosquito-borne virus got its name from the almost incapacitating bone pain that causes its victims to bend in contortions. And 25 people in New Jersey have now experienced its effects…"The only way this disease is going to become established is if a person gets infected and doesn’t stay at home," said Dina Fonseca, a medical entomologist at the Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University. Although patients may feel awful for weeks, the window of opportunity when a mosquito could transmit the disease to another human is quite small, she said – just three or four days.
/ / / Travelers from Caribbean bring new mosquito-borne virus to N.J.; West Nile remains threat