Rays pitcher Joel Peralta confirms he has chikungunya virus - FOX 13 News

Rays pitcher Joel Peralta confirms he has chikungunya virus

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - Health officials said Monday that a third case of the chikungunya virus has been confirmed in Pinellas County, and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta says it is him.

Peralta confirmed the information during Monday’s Rays media briefing.

The Pinellas County Health Department put out a media release saying it was in a 38-year-old man who had traveled to the Caribbean in July.

Peralta, 38, said he believes he came in contact with the disease while in the Dominican Republic while on the All-Star break.

Peralta said he had been suffering flu-like symptoms and was on the disabled list. He had previously said he thought it was the chikungunya virus, but was waiting on testing to be sure. He is expected to be OK.

Two other recent cases in Florida were acquired locally in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

None of the three cases in Pinellas was locally acquired.

For more information: U.S. Centers for Disease Control | Pinellas County Health Department

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