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First chikungunya case confirmed in Pinellas


Published:   |   Updated: July 2, 2014 at 03:11 PM

The first case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya illness has been confirmed in Pinellas County, the state Department of Health said Wednesday.

A resident who traveled to the Caribbean in June came down with the viral illness, the health department said.

There have been 52 cases in Florida this year through Friday. Three were in Hillsborough County and one in Pasco County, the health department said.

None of the cases were acquired locally and there have been no reports of anyone acquiring the disease within the United States, the health department said.

The infection is typically reported in patients who had traveled to the Caribbean region.

While the disease rarely leads to death, it can cause a week or more of fever, severe joint pain and rash. There is no vaccination or treatment.

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