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Chikungunya common among US volunteers in Dominican Republic

Chikungunya common among US volunteers in Dominican Republic
April 24, 2015

Infection with chikungunya was common among a group of United States volunteers working in the Dominican Republic during a large outbreak there, according to recent findings presented at the CDC’s Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service conference.

“In late 2013, local transmission of chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne disease, was reported for the first time in the Americas in the Caribbean region,” CDC researcher Alexander Millman, MD, told Infectious Disease News. “In August 2014, nearly half of the service volunteers who worked with an organization in the Dominican Republic during the summer months tested positive for chikungunya virus infection.”

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