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Untreatable virus spreading in the Caribbean now afflicts 4,600
Untreatable virus spreading in the Caribbean now afflicts 4,600

A mosquito-borne virus that arrived in the Americas just six months ago is spreading and afflicts nearly 4,600 people in the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization reported this week. Cuba is the latest country to confirm cases of the chikungunya virus, which has neither a vaccine for prevention nor treatment for its symptoms: fever, rash, nausea and joint pain that can last for months or years. It reported six cases. Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth, and the U.S. Virgin Islands confirmed one case each. Chikungunya, which resembles dengue fever, was confined to Asia, Africa and the Indian subcontinent until 2007, when the first cases in Europe were diagnosed in northeastern...

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