​Mosquito-borne virus plaguing Caribbean may be headed for U.S.

June 20, 2014 10:05 PM

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​Mosquito-borne virus plaguing Caribbean may be headed for U.S.

Health officials are reporting a rise in U.S. cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, though they were quick to note that all of these infections have so far originated outside the United States.

"Thankfully, we have not seen any cases in the United States yet where the person got the disease here," said Dr. Erin Staples, a medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.

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