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CDC Issues ‘Watch’ Alert For Chikungunya In Caribbean; At Least 800K Affected In Region

New York Times: A Mosquito-Borne Virus Sweeps the Caribbean
“…[A]t least 800,000 people this year in the Caribbean and surrounding nations … contracted the chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-GUN-ya) virus, a mosquito-borne illness similar to dengue, which causes fever and muscle pain that is sometimes severe. … Nearly 1,500 travelers to the region, often people visiting their families in the Caribbean, brought the disease back to the United States this year, according to the CDC. … The CDC has issued a ‘watch’ alert for the Caribbean, which means tourists should take normal precautions…” (Robles, 11/5).

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