A Jefferson County, Ala., woman has become the fifth Alabamian to contract the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus, and state health officials are cautiously concerned that the disease may become a problem in the United States if the trend continues. The Cikungunya virus is spread by the Asian Tiger mosquito, which is prevalent in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. The mosquitoes have been traveling just off the American coast but have not yet reached the United States. The first Alabamian to develop Cikungunya likely contracted the virus while visiting Haiti. The virus causes symptoms such as fever, headaches, severe joint pain and rash. It ... Read More
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