More cases of chikungunya virus confirmed in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — State health officials say six more Hoosiers have tested positive for chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that has quickly spread through the Caribbean.

The total number of cases in the state of Indiana is now at seven. Most of those people traveled to the Caribbean, including four teens who were recently on mission trips.

The virus was confirmed in the state in early June. It has been found in multiple Caribbean countries since December 2013. U.S. mosquitoes do not appear to be carrying the virus, health officials say.

The virus doesn’t often cause death, but symptoms — including high fever and joint pain — can be severe, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

Other symptoms include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash, the agency said. Most patients feel better within a week, but joint pain can persist for months.

People at risk for more severe symptoms include newborns, adults over age 65 and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease, it said.

The Indiana State Department of Health continue its investigation. For more information you can click here. 

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