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CDC Reports First Likely Chikungunya Virus Transmission in U.S. — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
July 18, 2014

CDC Reports First Likely Chikungunya Virus Transmission in U.S.

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

The first locally acquired case of chikungunya has been reported in the United States, the CDC announced late Thursday.

The CDC said the virus was detected in a male in Florida who had not traveled outside the United States recently. The agency said it will monitor other domestically acquired cases in the weeks ahead.

The mosquito-borne virus has been making its way westward and has been detected in the U.S. previously, but only among recent travelers. So far this year, nearly 250 travel-related cases have been reported in 31 states and two territories.

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Michael Thomas MB, BChir, FRCP Physician, Hematology, The Blood Care Foundation

If the numbers rise significantly the Transfusion Medicine community will take an interest.

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