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Chikungunya virus cases confirmed in NC, US Virgin Islands

A nasty mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean has made its way to the U.S. Virgin Islands and North Carolina, authorities said.

Health officials in the U.S. Caribbean territory said they confirmed the islands’ first locally transmitted case of chikungunya. They did not disclose any information about the patient. A second patient in the three-island territory was infected elsewhere.

One case has been confirmed in North Carolina, Tennessee is also looking into possible confirmations. Officials believe the disease is being imported by Americans traveling to the Caribbean.

From the island of St. Croix, Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett said local authorities were working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies to “raise awareness and prevent the spread of the virus.”

Source: AP

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