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Schumer requests US health alert for virus

Updated: 06/22/2014 8:14 PM
Created: 06/22/2014 12:10 PM WHEC.com

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a health alert to medical professionals in New York and around the country for identifying, treating and containing Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that causes fevers, joint and muscle pain, headaches, joint swelling and rashes.

One of the mosquito species carrying the virus and responsible for disease transmission is prevalent in Brazil.

Schumer says there have been three confirmed cases in New York, 25 in Florida and numbers could increase dramatically with the return of soccer fans from the World Cup.

The New York Democrat is also calling on U.S. Department of Homeland Security to increase border safeguards, citing the developing threat in the Caribbean, where more than 100,000 people have been affected.





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