Schumer Concerned World Cup Fans Returning To U.S. Might Bring Back Mosquito-Borne Virus

June 22, 2014 7:03 PM

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Schumer Concerned World Cup Fans Returning To U.S. Might Bring Back Mosquito-Borne Virus

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a health alert to medical professionals in New York and around the country for identifying, treating and containing the chikungunya, or “chik-v,” virus, a mosquito-borne illness that causes fevers, joint and muscle pain, headaches, joint swelling and rashes.

One of the mosquito species carrying the virus and responsible for disease transmission is prevalent in Brazil.

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