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New Mosquito-Transmitted Virus Has No Known Cure or Treatment

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ATLANTA — Health officials are warning about a new mosquito virus that has no known cure or treatment.

It’s called chikungunya fever. Travelers returning from the Caribbean brought it into the U.S.

The symptoms kick in within a week after the mosquito bite, they last about a week, and they’re not pleasant: fever, headache, vomiting, a rash and joint pain. That joint pain can last for months.

“There’s no vaccine for it, there’s nothing else you can really do, but avoid mosquito bites,” said Ture Carlson, a Memphis, Tenn. pest control specialist.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are usually just 28 cases of the virus in the U.S. each year.

So far, the CDC has confirmed 38 imported cases this year.

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