Maine resident diagnosed with mosquito-borne virus

(NEWS CENTER) -- Maine has its first case of a mosquito-borne virus this year. The Center for Disease control reports a Maine resident has been diagnosed with chikungunya.

Chikungunya is found in mosquitoes in the Caribbean and other parts of the world. It is transmitted from a mosquito bite not from person to person. The Maine CDC says the person traveled to the Dominican Republic and is currently recovering from the disease.

Other possible cases are under investigation. Symptoms of chikungunya include fever and joint pain. You could also experience headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, and rash. It rarely results in death.

Chikungunya causes symptoms such as fever and joint pain within a week after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Patients can also develop severe headaches, muscle pain and swollen joints. There is no vaccine and no specific treatment.


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