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CDC worries mosquito-borne virus in Caribbean could spread to the U.S.

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A huge outbreak of a mosquito-borne virus in the Caribbean has Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts worried American tourists could catch it, bring it back to the states, and spread it.

It's called C
hikungunya, and it can cause severe joint pain and arthritis-like symptoms.

The virus is not curable or treatable, so the best way to not contract it is by wearing bug spray when you're outside, wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants if you'll be outside for a while, and if you'll be traveling overseas be sure to pack mosquito protection.

Chikungunya has actually been reported recently in North Carolina and Tennessee, but health officials say the infected patients contracted it while they were overseas.
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