Chikungunya Virus Getting Closer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the first case of locally acquired mosquito-borne chikungunya virus in the United States confirmed in a Florida man, yesterday, and according to the C-D-C, the man had not recently traveled outside the country. The chikungunya virus is transmitted to people by 2 species of mosquitoes. And the research shows that both species are found in the southeastern United States and limited parts of the southwest. Infection with the virus is rarely fatal and it is not spread person to person. (CARL) Officials say there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for infection, but research is underway in both areas. They add, patients recover in about a week, although long-term joint pain occurs in some people. According to the C-D-C, infection is thought to provide lifelong immunity.

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