Painful chikungunya virus spreading rapidly in Caribbean

May 22, 2014 1:42 PM

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Painful chikungunya virus spreading rapidly in Caribbean

SAN CRISTOBAL, Dominican Republic – They suffer 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.

Hospitals and clinics throughout the Caribbean are seeing thousands of people with the same symptoms, victims of a virus with a long and unfamiliar name that has been spread rapidly by mosquitoes across the islands after the first locally transmitted case was confirmed in December.

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