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October 19, 2017

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Chikungunya has arrived in the US

Chikungunya, the mosquito-borne disease that’s been buzzing around the Caribbean since late 2013, has arrived in the US. The first locally acquired case was reported in Florida in mid-July. The virus is spread by the bite of an asian tiger or yellow fever mosquito. The word chikungunya is derived from the local language Kimakonde word meaning “that which bends up” (as in pain). Symptoms typically include fever and joint pain as well as headaches, muscle aches, joint swelling and rashes. For more: [cdc.gov/chikungunya] (http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya).

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