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Incurable mosquito virus arrives in U.S.

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A new virus that has no cure has arrived in the U.S.  Chikungunya is carried by mosquitoes and it is being reported in six states.

Health officials are on high alert as new cases of this virus are confirmed. Chikungunya causes fever, headache, muscle pain, rashes and joint pain.

The virus is transmitted by mosquito bites and symptoms begin three to seven days after a person is bitten. It usually lasts for about a week. There is no known cure or treatment.

Little is known about the virus in the U.S. Recently two cases were reported in Rhode Island. That brings the total to 41 cases in six states, including Nebraska, Indiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.

Health officials are issuing health travel advisories to the Caribbean. More than a dozen countries are dealing with the outbreak - an estimated 100,000 cases.

Both of the newly infected people in Rhode Island has recently returned from the Dominican Republic. 

Officials say the best protection is to put screens on windows and doors, wear insect repellent and eliminate standing ground water.
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