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Md. health officials monitoring for mosquito-borne chikungunya virus after Fla. case reported
Md. health officials monitoring for mosquito-borne chikungunya virus after Fla. case reported

State health officials are urging Marylanders to be wary of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus and, now, the dengue-like virus chikungunya — raising concerns after it was reported in a Florida man Thursday. The chikungunya case is believed to be the first that was contracted in the U.S.; other cases had been reported in people who had recently traveled to areas where the virus is prevalent. That is raising concern over the possible spread of the virus, which is not usually fatal but can cause fever and debilitating joint pain and cannot be treated. Though experts considered chikungunya's spread to the United States inevitable, they are unsure if it will bring any...

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