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Delaware Reports Second Case of Chikungunya Virus

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware public health officials are reporting the state's second case of a mosquito-borne virus that has spread into the United States from the Caribbean.

Officials said Thursday that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the chikungunya (chik-ehn-GUHN'-yeh) virus in a 51-year-old New Castle County woman on Tuesday. The woman was treated in a hospital last month and released.

Officials say that, like the case of a 51-year-old Sussex County man that was confirmed in July, the latest case is related to Caribbean travel.

Chikungunya virus is rarely fatal, but infected people typically suffer fever, severe joint pain and swelling, muscle aches, headaches or rash. Patients usually recover in about a week, although some people suffer long-term joint pain. There is no vaccine and no specific treatment.

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