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Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya Fever

Vector Insect(s) - Aedes Mosquito

Most cases of this virus occur outside of the U.S. mainland, though in recent years infections have been reported in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Florida. No vaccine is yet approved for use in the U.S., and antibiotics don't work against it, making protection against mosquito bites key.

Serious Side Effects

Usually only in people 65 and older and those with health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Symptoms appear

Three to seven days after a bite.

Treatments

None for the disease itself, but acetaminophen and fluids can ease symptoms. (However, avoid aspirin or related drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, until dengue, which can appear similar, has been ruled out.)

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