Chikungunya virus now seen in the U.S.

June 15, 2014 2:12 AM

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A rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus from the Caribbean has been detected in the U.S. The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island public health officials have confirmed the first two cases of chikungunya in travelers who had recently been to the Dominican Republic. They returned on May 27 and 29, and other possible cases are being investigated.

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes chikungunya as a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Since it shares some clinical symptoms with dengue fever, it can b...

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