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HEALTH: Mosquito virus outbreak warning released by CDC
Health officials are warning about a new mosquito virus outbreak.
It started in Caribbean, but has now been confirmed to be in the US.
ABC's Karen Travers has more about the virus that causes fevers, headaches, and muscle pains
Summer is fully underway. That means barbecues, picnics and fun in the outdoors.
But now health officials are warning Americans to be extra vigilant because a nasty virus carried by mosquitoes is starting to spread here.
It's called the Chikungunya fever and it has no known cure or treatment.
There's nothing else you can really do, but avoid mosquito bites.
It was brought into the country by infected travelers who had recently been to the Caribbean.
It's been slowly picking its way around the world and finally landed in the Caribbean.
The first case was reported in North Carolina. Health officials in Tennessee say they are investigating a potential case there too.
The symptoms kick in about 3-7 days after the mosquito bite and last about a week.
And they're not pleasant - fever, headache, vomiting, rash and joint pain.
That joint pain can last for months.
The CDC says there are usually just 28 cases of the virus here in the US
Each year but so far, officials have already confirmed 38 imported cases.
This tropical virus is rarely fatal. Experts say protecting yourself is easy, wear loose fitting clothing and don't keep containers with standing water outside your house. Karen Travers, ABC News ,Washington.
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