Haiti proving fertile ground for mosquito-borne chikungunya virus

July 3, 2014 11:17 AM

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Haiti proving fertile ground for mosquito-borne chikungunya virus

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Within a dense cluster of flimsy shacks made mostly of plastic tarp and wooden planks, a young mother cradles her sick, whimpering toddler while trying to guard against a fierce tropical sun.

Delimene Saint Lise says she's doing her best to comfort her 2-year-old daughter and control her spiking fever during what has quickly become a familiar agony in their makeshift community of shanties by a trash-clogged canal in the Haitian capital.

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