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Chikungunya virus: One case reported in Arizona

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - If you're going camping, watch out. A virus spread by mosquitoes is showing up in the United States.

It's called the Chikungunya virus, the CDC posted a map of places where the virus has been reported.

It's predominantly found in Africa, Southern Europe, and Southeast Asia. The virus was first reported in the Caribbean Islands late last year, but it had not made it to the states.

The CDC has confirmed that Arizona is among 26 states that have at least one reported case of the Chikungunya virus.

Many of the outbreaks are in popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, and it's infected travelers returning home. Symptoms of the virus include headaches, fever, and joint pain.

"We don't have any way to treat this infection other than pain control, so we use things like ibuprofen or Tylenol," said Dr. Coburn Allen.

Doctors say liberal use of bug spray is one of the best ways to prevent being bitten. Also avoid standing water and if possible wear long pants and sleeves.
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