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Kentucky Confirms First Case Of Chikungunya

Kentucky Confirms First Case Of Chikungunya

CREATED Jun 24, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State health officials have confirmed Kentucky's first case of a nonfatal mosquito-borne virus prevalent in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health says it has confirmed the chikungunya virus, or CHIKV, in an Anderson County man who recently traveled to Haiti. Officials expect at least nine other Kentuckians who recently traveled in the same region may also have the virus.

The virus can only spread to humans if an infected mosquito bites someone. It cannot spread human to human. Symptoms include high fever, chills, joint pain and a rash that can last up four days.

State health officials said the virus could become more prevalent in Kentucky because the state is home to both species of mosquitoes that can carry the virus.

Two cases have already been confirmed in Tennessee—one in Knoxville and another in Madison County.

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