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Garland Reports First Chikungunya Case Of Year

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GARLAND (CBSDFW.COM) - The Garland Health Department confirmed the first case of imported Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in Garland in 2015.

The person was infected with the virus during recent travel to Mexico and is no longer contagious.

CHIKV is transmitted from person to person by mosquitoes. The virus causes high fever, severe joint pain, headache, muscle pain and rash.

CHIKV does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling.

There is no specific medication or vaccine available to treat CHIKV.

Avoiding mosquito bites is the best way to prevent CHIKV.

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