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Texas Reports First Human Case of Chikungunya

KNWA -- The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed its first human case of Chikungunya, in Williamson County near Austin.
KNWA -- The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed its first human case of Chikungunya, in Williamson County near Austin.

According to NBCDFW, the infected Texas resident recently returned from the Caribbean where the virus is spreading. The infected Texan had recently visited the Caribbean, where the virus is spreading. The case number in the Caribbean has climbed to 306,837, up 42,393 from the previous week, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

NBCDFW reports the Tarrant County Public Health is monitoring developments though there are no reports of infected mosquitoes in the county. Tarrant County has about 150 mosquito traps that are checked weekly.

Health officials are warning the public to use bug repellant, especially when traveling to areas in the Caribbean.

Chikungunya symptoms appear within 3-7 days of getting bit and include fever, joint pains or headaches.

Right now there's no treatment or vaccine for the virus but folks who believe they've been infected should report it to a doctor.
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