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First Chikungunya Case Confirmed in U.S. Virgin Islands

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June 12, 2014 -- The first locally transmitted case of a mosquito-borne virus called chikungunya has been confirmed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, health officials said Wednesday.

They did not provide any information about the patient, and said a second patient with the virus was infected elsewhere, the Associated Press reported.

Local authorities are working closely with U.S. government officials to "raise awareness and prevent the spread of the virus," said Darice Plaskett, health commissioner for the three-island territory.

Chikungunya has been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean. The virus causes symptoms such as headache, fever, and joint pain, but is rarely fatal. There is no vaccine for the virus, the AP reported.

Some U.S. states are investigating cases of chikungunya among people who recently traveled to the Caribbean.

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