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Chikungunya virus contracted in U.S. for first time

Chikungunya Virus Contracted In U.S. For First Time

No, we're not here to talk to you about dino DNA or West Nile. "Chikungunya" is loosely translated to "contorted with pain" -- and it's also the name of a virus that's now being spread in the U.S.

"Tonight the state department is confirming the first locally acquired cases of chikungunya fever. One in Palm Beach County, a second in Miami Dade county. The disease is spread through the bite of a mosquito."

Dozens of cases have been reported in Florida this year, but all were contracted outside the U.S. Now, a man and a woman have contracted chikungunya locally. So, what does it mean for them? According to the World Health Organization:

- Chikungunya causes fever, severe joint pain, muscle pain, headache, nausea, rash and more

- "Since 2004, chikungunya fever has reached epidemic proportions, with considerable morbidity and suffering."

- No cure, symptoms are just treated

The CDC notes the disease has made its way to the U.S. just seven months after it was recognized in the Western Hemisphere.

But, some good news...
- Infection is rarely fatal, though pain can be "severe and debilitating"

- The virus is not spread person to person

- "Infection is thought to provide lifelong immunity."

"The individuals who could have more concern are the very young, newborns, and of course the elderly, over 65."

It's unclear how quickly the virus might spread in the U.S., but in June NBC's senior health writer reported it was spreading "rapidly" through the Caribbean.

Though she later added that strain of the disease only spreads through one type of mosquito, and that type of mosquito is only found in the Southern U.S.

As CBS notes, the CDC and other health agencies had issues travel warnings for several popular vacation destinations over the past few months because of the virus.

But, that's a bit of a moot point now. The CDC advises seeking medical care right away if you show symptoms of chikungunya.

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nannymel July 18 2014 at 12:14 PM

This is why shouldn't be letting illegals into this country. Even TB is being reported in the US and we almost whipped that out here, until a couple of years or since we been getting numbers and numbers of illegals crossing the border. They're vaccinated, nor do they have proper healthcare in their countries and they bring more and more disease with them. It has to stop.

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giyank1 July 18 2014 at 12:19 PM

Another disease brought to us by your friendly illegals.

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gapgymboree2 July 18 2014 at 12:08 PM

i saw the news about that the virus is spread in Latin america i sure one of those immigrant brought the sickness is too much of a coincidence the virus spread in shout America and from there it came here.

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beatsynthesis July 18 2014 at 1:00 PM

As I stated over 4 years ago, this is part of Obama's "fundamental transformation" of the U.S. into a Third World country. After all, what would a Third World country be without rare and widespread diseases? The Federal Government has only a few, legitimate functions. The most important is to keep our citizens and borders safe. Obama has refused to carry out his duties, and has allowed previously eradicated diseases to flourish, and unheard of diseases to enter the country through unmonitored borders. When millions of citizens entered the U.S. through Ellis Island, they were examined and quarantined for diseases. Those with certain diseases were refused entry.
That was back when the President and government protected the country. Enjoy, Folks. You asked for it. Welcome to the Third World!

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moooooooooochelle July 18 2014 at 12:30 PM


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coopdabomb July 18 2014 at 12:28 PM

Keep the illegals rolling in you piece of **** obama

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mgt0331 July 18 2014 at 1:35 PM

All are welcome in America, come on in, the waters fine. Bring all your sickness, we have free health care. We'll feed you, cloth you, house you and even let you kill us. That's how nice and welcoming we are. So stop on by.........

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'57mad July 18 2014 at 12:03 PM

tsa must not be scanning for(dengue-virus- fever) skeeters being brought into the country.hmmmmm can you say Haitians coming to America unchecked.

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mackerace July 18 2014 at 12:24 PM

No problem...Obamacare's got it covered.

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cathybassi50 July 18 2014 at 12:50 PM

bad enough we get diseases from unvaccinated dirty illegals, now we're getting a new one from migrating mosquito's! it's time to put up a dome, maybe that'll keep 'em both out?

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