It’s here: Florida’s first local Chikungunya cases in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade

Health experts had said it was only a matter of time before the virus, carried by mosquitoes, made its way to the U.S. It’s been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean and Central America.  (Source: NBC News)

 

According to NBC News, Chikungunya has been reported in a 50-year-old Palm Beach County man and a 41-year-old Miami-Dade County woman who had not recently traveled, health officials said — the first indication that the painful virus has taken up residence in the United States.

Chikungunya is not usually deadly, but it can cause a very bad headache, joint pain, rash and fever. Its name in the Makonde language, spoken in Tanzania and Mozambique in Africa, means “that which bends up,” because patients are often contorted with pain. They can spend weeks in bed, racked with pain.

For the complete article: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/its-here-first-local-chikungunya-cases-florida-n158746

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