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Case of chikungunya virus confirmed in Dallas

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Health,Health and Human Services,Texas

DALLAS (AP) — Public health officials have confirmed the first human case of the chikungunya (chicken-GUN'-yuh) virus in Dallas.

Dallas County Health and Human Services on Wednesday confirmed the first case in the city. The person was infected with the virus during a recent trip to the Dominican Republic. The Dallas resident was diagnosed after returning to North Texas.

It's at least the 14th Texas case of the illness, which is considered rarely fatal but marked by joint pain, fever, muscle aches and rash. Recovery typically takes about a week.

Mosquitoes that carry the virus are found in Texas, but only Florida so far has reported a spread of the virus.

It cannot be spread from person to person.

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