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Texas confirms state’s first chikungunya case - The Galveston County Daily News : Health

October 25, 2014

Texas confirms state’s first chikungunya case

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:00 am

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the state’s first human case of chikungunya, a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is spread to people by mosquitoes.

The patient, a resident of Williamson County just north of Austin, recently returned to Texas from a trip to the Caribbean where chikungunya has been causing human disease since late 2013. To date, no local spread of the virus has been reported in the continental United States, though imported cases make local spread possible because the mosquitoes that can transmit the virus are found in Texas.

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