9 Must-Know Facts About The Chikungunya Virus

July 25, 2014 6:48 PM

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Cases of chikungunya virus seen in the United States are atypically high this year because of an outbreak of the virus in the Caribbean currently underway. Since the beginning of 2014, there have been 497 reported cases of chikungunya virus in the U.S. -- much higher than the average 28 infections in a given year.

The mosquito-borne virus causes extreme joint pain, in addition to fever and headache, but is usually not deadly. While most cases of chikungunya in the U.S. are contracted abroad, it's still important to know how to best protect yourself against it, even if you have no plans to leave the country.

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