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Mosquito-borne disease appears in Caribbean

Created: 12/19/2013 1:26 AM WHEC.com

People headed to the Caribbean for Christmas need to hear the latest travel advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
CDC officials say there have been ten cases of the mosquito-born Chickungunya virus among residents in St. Martin.
 
The mosquitoes that spread the virus are the same as those that spread dengue. Symptoms include severe joint pain, fever and headache.
 
The virus can't spread from person to person, but if a mosquito bites someone who is infected it can become a carrier of the virus.
 
About 9-million Americans visit the Caribbean every year.



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