Mosquitoe Borne Chikungunya Virus Has Spread To 15 States

Posted: June 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
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CBS LOCAL NEW YORK: First there was West Nile virus. Now health experts are warning about another virus carried by mosquitoes.

The chikungunya virus — or “chik-v” — has sickened tens of thousands of people throughout the Caribbean with high fever and severe pain. Now Americans are coming down with it, too, and there’s fear that it will spread, CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson reported.

“This is not a fatal infection; it’s just a miserable infection,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of Vanderbilt University’s Department of Preventive Medicine.

Cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been confirmed in 15 states, including New York. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 cases have been reported in Florida alone READ MORE: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/06/16/us-officials-keep-close-eye-on-miserable-mosquito-borne-chikungunya-virus/

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