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Update: Chikungunya in America
FAIRFAX, Va. (August 6, 2014) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there have been only two locally transmitted cases of chikungunya in Florida.
As of July 29, 2014, there were about 398 travel-associated cases diagnosed in the U.S. The CDC has issued travel notices for countries in the Caribbean where the virus is more widespread.
Symptoms of chikungunya include fever, muscle pain and joint pain. There is no vaccine or cure, and the virus is rarely fatal. Homeowners should use mosquito prevention measures such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and insect repellent to avoid contracting the virus.
For more on how to avoid contact with mosquitoes, read NPMA's prevention tips here.