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« on: July 13, 2014, 08:15:01 PM »

http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/
Chikungunya virus

Chikungunya (pronunciation: \chik-en-gun-ye click to hear pronunciationExternal Web Site Icon) virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. Chikungunya virus is not currently found in the continental United States. There is a risk that the virus will be imported to new areas by infected travelers. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. When traveling to countries with chikungunya virus, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.


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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2014, 08:16:43 PM »

http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/geo/united-states.html
Chikungunya virus in the United States

Updates of chikungunya case counts are publically released every Tuesday evening (MT).
Chikungunya is not a nationally notifiable disease in the United States. However, chikungunya cases can be reported to ArboNET, the national surveillance system for arthropod-borne diseases.
From 2006‒2013, studies identified an average of 28 people per year in the United States with positive tests for recent chikungunya virus infection (Range 5‒65 per year). All were travelers visiting or returning to the United States from affected areas, mostly in Asia. Only a quarter of the cases were reported to ArboNET.
Beginning in 2014, cases have been identified in travelers returning from the Caribbean. As of July 8, a total of 153 chikungunya cases have been reported to ArboNET from U.S. states and territories (Table). Fifteen locally-transmitted cases have been reported from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. All other cases occurred in travelers returning from affected areas in the Caribbean (N=134), the Pacific Islands (N=3), or Asia (N=1). To date, no local transmission has been identified in the continental United States.
With the recent outbreaks in the Caribbean and the Pacific, the number of chikungunya cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States from affected areas will likely increase. These imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in the continental United States.
Table. Chikungunya virus disease cases reported to ArboNET United States, 2014 (as of July Cool*

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2014, 08:19:27 PM »

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140701-chikungunya-caribbean-mosquitoes-world-health/
Mosquitoes Carry Painful Chikungunya Virus to Americas
July 1, 2014


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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2014, 08:24:17 PM »

It's he-e-e-e-e-ere... 

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/26007815/first-case-of-chikungunya-virus-identified-in-harris-county
First Case of Chikungunya Virus Identified in Harris County (Houston, TX)
July 13, 2014

http://www.wltx.com/story/news/health/2014/07/11/chikungunya-virus-confirmed-in-sc/12543643/
Chikungunya Virus Confirmed in SC
July 11, 2014

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2014/07/mississippi_reports_two_more_c.html
Mississippi reports two more cases of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus
July 11, 2014

http://tbo.com/health/chikungunya-virus-reaches-kansas-20140713/
Chikungunya virus reaches Kansas
July 13, 2014

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