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Chikungunya Fever in Florida on the rise

Updated: Thursday, July 17 2014, 12:04 PM CDT
More people are coming down with Chikungunya Fever in Florida.
   
The number of cases of the  virus has risen to 81.
Florida's Department of Health says all the patients documented in Florida contracted the virus while traveling in the Caribbean.
      
Chikungunya is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.
Symptoms typically begin three to seven days after being bitten and include fever and severe joint pain, often in the hands and feet.
   
There is no vaccine, but it is rarely deadly.
People are urged to protect themselves against mosquito bites to prevent transmitting the virus.

Chikungunya Fever in Florida on the rise


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