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Third Chikungunya case confirmed in Pinellas

 
Third Chikungunya case confirmed in Pinellas
Posted July 28th, 2014 @ 5:56pm

PINELLAS (970 WFLA) - The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County confirms its third Chikungunya case in a 38-year-old man who traveled to the Caribbean in July. 

The mosquito-borne viral infection is characterized by a high fever, severe chronic joint pain and fatigue. 

There have been 87 confirmed travel-associated cases in Florida in 2014, as of July 19.

None of the Pinellas cases were acquired locally, but two Florida cases were locally acquired in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Chikungunya virus is most often spread to people by infected aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus mosquitoes; these mosquitoes also transmit dengue virus. They bite mostly during the daytime. There's no treatment or vaccine available.

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