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Two chikungunya cases confirmed in Rhode Island

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By Jennifer Petracca

Two cases of the chikungunya virus infection have been confirmed by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

The cases were associated with travelers who returned from the Dominican Republic on May 17th and May 29th of this year.

The travelers infected with the virus reported fever, muscle aches and pains, and joint pain.

The virus is primarily transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. It has been found in multiple Caribbean countries, as well as in Africa, Asia, Western Pacific areas, and islands in the Indian Ocean.

The CDC has issued travel advisories for chikungunya virus to the Caribbean Islands.

Chikungunya does not often cause death, but the symptoms can be severe. The most common symptoms are high fever and severe joint paint. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.

There is currently no vaccine or antiviral therapy for the virus. 

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