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Chikungunya Virus: A New Mosquito Disease Is Headed to the U.S.

It is spreading across the Caribbean


Americans may soon have another reason to dread mosquitos.

MosquitoThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that a new mosquito-borne disease is spreading in the U.S. The Chikungunya virus has been identified in 25 people in Florida. Those infected with the Chikungunya virus in the U.S. were outside the country when they contracted the disease, FOX NEWS notes.

Chikungunya virus, which is spread by mosquito bites, had been identified decades ago in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, but it is now spreading across the Caribbean. The disease can cause pain and high fevers.

Health experts say that frequent visits by Americans to the Caribbean will accelerate its spread in the U.S. The Chikungunya virus is transmitted by daytime-biting mosquito species already common in the urban areas in the Americas.

Infected people develop symptoms in between three to seven days after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the disease. Typical symptoms include joint pain, fever, rashes and headaches. The effects can last from a week to several months and are more severe in elderly people.

There is no cure for the Chikungunya virus, Fortunately, the infection is rarely fatal.

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