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New Virus From Mosquitoes Arises In Williamson County

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(KCEN) -- When we think of sicknesses transmitted by mosquitoes, we are usually worried about the West Nile virus.

But Texans face a different threat this year, a viral disease called Chikungunya.

The first human case has already been reported in Williamson County.

Symptoms of this virus begin within three to seven days of getting bitten.

They include fever, joint pains or headaches.

"Once the local transmission is established, an outbreak is eminent and that is what we in the U.S. are trying to avoid," said Dr. Anita Kurian from Tarrant County. 

The infected Texan recently returned from the Caribbean where the virus is spreading.

Travelers coming from the Caribbean area with these symptoms should seek a physician, even though there currently is no treatment or vaccine for the virus.

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