First case of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus, acquired in U.S.

By Science News Staff, 20:17 PM July 17, 2014

Guest post by Lila Guterman

A Florida man has chikungunya, a painful but rarely deadly disease that has caused outbreaks in Africa, Asia and Europe. He is the first person in the continental United States to contract the virus without traveling outside the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

The case represents the first time that mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland have passed the virus to a person. More than 200 cases have been reported in the United States this...

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