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First case of locally acquired chikungunya is reported in US

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4706 (Published 18 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4706
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A Florida man has contracted the first case of locally acquired chikungunya infection identified in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Thursday 17 July.

Infections with the mosquito-borne virus were first identified in the western hemisphere on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin seven months ago. Since then the infection has been identified in 23 countries in the western hemisphere. Most cases have been reported in five places: the Dominican Republic, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti, and Saint Martin.

The virus was first identified in Africa in Tanzania in 1952. Since then …

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