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Mosquito-borne virus could become public health nuisance for Florida

from Miami Herald

Chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-gun-ye), the painful mosquito-borne virus infection that has been spreading rapidly across Haiti and the rest of the Caribbean since its arrival in the hemisphere this past December, could soon be a serious threat in Florida. A viral disease spread by the same mosquitoes that carry dengue, chikungunya (CHIKV) rarely is fatal. But it has been linked to at least 14 deaths in the Caribbean, most likely individuals with prior health issues. more


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