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Migrant Mosquito Virus Strikes 'Heart of Texas' Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 08:16 PM

A deadly migrant mosquito virus, called chikungunya, is sweeping deep into the 'Heart of Texas.' Fears are swirling that this could turn into a major pandemic.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, :Texas health officials have confirmed the state's first case of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne illness newly emerging in the western hemisphere. The patient, who lives in Williamson County near Austin, recently returned to Texas from a trip to the Caribbean, where the virus was detected late last year and now has been suspected or confirmed in about 135,000 people. It can cause severe joint pain and fever."

The migrant mosquito virus is virulent form of the West Nile Virus.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Public health officials are concerned the virus could explode in the United States because two mosquito species known to spread the disease are abundant here, including in Texas. So far, the only case of the disease transmitted on U.S. soil occurred in Puerto Rico."

President Barry Obama has not yet issued a public health alert for Texas.

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