It exists mainly in tropical climates, and causes excruciating joint pain, rashes and severe fever. The disease spreads immediately via the bite of a mosquito. With no recognized medicine available, Schumer is concerned regarding the spectators who have traveled to South America (Brazil) for FIFA World Cup 2014. He thinks that they are likely to bring the virus back to US.
He has recommended the Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to immediately issue a health warning, educating the doctors and increasing food inspection and border protection.
Schumer said, “We have to prevent the spread of this virus before it reaches the United States in large numbers, and we must prevent CHIKV from becoming locally transmitted.”
This year, the virus cases have been reported in 15 US states. According to Schumer, three cases have been confirmed in New York, while 25 cases have been reported in Florida alone. The virus was first identified in the Caribbean Islands last year, where more than 100,000 people were affected.