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Chikungunya Fever Detected In Caribbean

Scientific American: Mosquitoes Carry Yet Another Tropical Disease toward the U.S.
“It began last October, with a simple mosquito bite on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. … By mid-December, two dozen cases of the viral disease had been confirmed. More than 1,000 cases have since scattered across the Caribbean isles, inching ever closer to the U.S. The disease — chikungunya fever (pronounced chik-un-GUHN-ya) — is named for its trademark overwhelming joint pain…” (Maron, 2/6).

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