Mosquito-borne chikungunya now spreading rapidly through South Pacific

December 3, 2014 2:34 AM

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne viral disease, has taken hold in French Polynesia, spreading rapidly and threatening neighboring Pacific nations, regional health authorities said on Wednesday.

The disease, typically found in low levels in Africa and Asia, this year has infected almost a million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the World Health Organization.

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