Chikungunya Virus Confirmed In SC

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By Eric Weisfeld

Columbia, SC (DHEC)-A mosquito-bourne illness traditionally found in Africa... Asia... and the Caribbean... has made its way to South Carolina.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed the first case of Chikungunya Virus in an upstate resident.
Dhec says that person... recently came back from a trip to Haiti.
The symptoms of Chikungunya are headache, fever, rash, joint swelling or muscle pain.
Dhec is urging anyone who has recently been to the Caribbean and believes they have been infected... to contact their health care provider and stay indoors for at least 7 days.
Officials say this will prevent spreading the virus to South Carolina mosquitos, who in turn, could potentially infect others.

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