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First Chikungunya cases acquired in the U.S. reported in Florida

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Health officials say the first Chikungunya cases acquired in the United States has been reported in Florida.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the case was reported Thursday in Florida in a man who had not recently traveled outside the United States.

The Florida Department of Health says there are two cases: one in Miami-Dade County, the other Palm Beach County.

Now the CDC and Florida Department of Health are investigating how the patients contracted the virus.

The Chikungunya virus is transmitted to people by two species of mosquitoes. People infected with the virus typically develop fever and joint pain. Other symptoms can include muscle aches, headaches, joint swelling or rash.

Infection with chikungunya virus is rarely fatal, but the joint pain can often be severe and debilitating.

There is no cure or vaccine, and it can leave some people with long-term joint pain.

To date this year, 243 travel-associated cases have been reported in 31 states and two territories, the CDC says. The newly reported case represents the first time that mosquitoes in the continental United States are thought to have spread the virus to a non-traveler.

Since 2006, the United States has averaged 28 imported cases of chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) per year in travelers returning from countries where the virus is common, the CDC says.

For more information: CDC | Florida Department of Health


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