Chikungunya continues to spread across the U.S., infecting nearly 60

Thursday, July 24, 2014
By Paul Martin

The virus, spread via mosquitos, is painful but seldom fatal. There is no vaccine and no treatment.

BY Meredith Engel
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More cases of chikungunya, a painful virus spread by mosquitos, are being reported across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control has listed a total of 497 cases in the U.S. in 35 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, 197 locally transmitted. reports that other state and local health agencies noted 40 cases, bringing the total to 537.

The outbreak is due to a recent epidemic that started late last year in the Caribbean. The first two locally transmitted stateside cases were reported in Florida late last week.

“The arrival of chikungunya virus, first in the tropical Americas and now in the United States, underscores the risks posed by this and other exotic pathogens,” Roger Nasci, a mosquito expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta was placed on the 15-day disabled list after contracting what he believes is the virus. He had recently spent time home in the Dominican Republic, where the disease is currently active.

Yesterday, North Carolina marked its tenth case of the bug-borne illness. All who have it there had recently traveled outside the U.S. Dallas officials confirmed a case on Tuesday, also someone who had traveled to the Caribbean.

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