Doctors should learn more about chikungunya virus because the mosquito-borne disease can now be contracted in the Americas for the first time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
Ten cases have been confirmed among people who live on the French side of St. Martin in the Caribbean, the agency said, nothing that the disease could spread to other islands in the region. Doctors should consider screening people for the disease if they showsymptoms and have traveled to the Caribbean, the CDC said.
Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, southern Europe, southeast Asia, India and islands in the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. Symptoms of the disease include fever,headache , fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, rash, and joint pain. The illness can last from a few days to a few weeks, according to the CDC.