New virus spreads rapidly through Caribbean

May 22, 2014 3:22 PM

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New virus spreads rapidly through Caribbean

Hospitals and clinics throughout the Caribbean are seeing thousands of patients, all suffering from the same symptoms: searing headaches, a burning fever and so much pain in their joints they can barely walk or use their hands. It's like having a terrible flu combined with an abrupt case of arthritis.

Chikungunya -- an African word that loosely translates as "contorted with pain" -- has spread rapidly by mosquitoes across the islands after the first locally transmitted case was confirmed in December French St. Martin.

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