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First confirmed case of Chikungunya virus in Pinellas County

Department of Health officials confirmed Wednesday that a Pinellas resident has contracted the chikungunya virus.

The person is believed to have been infected by a mosquito while on a trip to the Caribbean in June. There have been 52 confirmed cases of the virus in Florida this year. This is Pinellas' first case, but three have been reported in Hillsborough and one in Pasco.

Symptoms include fever, headache, joint pain and swelling. Incubation can take one to 12 days. While most people feel better within a week, some develop long-term joint pain. Deaths are rare.

While there is no vaccine available, officials recommend wearing mosquito repellent if traveling to the Caribbean. There are no reported instances of someone contracting the virus inside the United States.

First confirmed case of Chikungunya virus in Pinellas County 07/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 5:02pm]
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