Monday, June 23, 2014

Soccer fans may be bringing back contagious virus from World Cup: Report

Soccer fans who went to Brazil for the World Cup may bring back more than just memories of goals and bum-bums when they get back — namely Chikungunya.

And no, it's not the latest dance craze. 

A U.S. Senator is warning Americans about the possibility that unsuspecting fans visiting Brazil could bring Chikungunya — a contagious mosquito-borne virus — back to the United States.

Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue an immediate health alert to doctors in New York and around the country, fearing that soccer fans returning from some of the South American country's most remote regions could be infected with Chikungunya or Chik-V as it is also known, according to CBS.

“Visitors could return home to their countries with memorabilia, photographs, great stories to tell and perhaps a very painful virus,” Schumer said at a press conference Sunday, while holding up a picture of a mosquito.

“The World Cup will serve as an incubator for this virus to spread.”

The Chik-V mosquito, known to carry the disease, is prevalent in Brazil and the virus is also widespread in the Caribbean. It's likely only a matter of time before it is found in mosquitoes in the United States, possibly as early as this summer, according to the CDC.

The painful disease is rarely fatal, but can cause severe fevers, arthritic-like joint pain and swelling, headaches and rashes, Schumer said, adding that there have been three confirmed cases of Chik-V in New York.

“I feel that cases of the virus will rise in in New York as well as elsewhere,” he said.

In addition to alerting and educating doctors, The Senator called on the Department of Homeland Security to issue a “public emergency” that would mean increased inspections at U.S. ports of entry and additional scans of imported food products for travelers coming from Brazil.


  1. what kind of idiot would go to the world cup soccer games,and very possibly bring back the painful and spreadable chikungunya disease

    1. It's possible that "Many" of the foreigners attending the World Cup there are completely unaware of the potential threat and are just too busy having fun, partying etc!

    2. It' s possible that the foreigners there attending the World Cup are completely unaware that there is a potential health threat there! They're probably just enjoying the games, partying and having a good time!