CDC warns of St. Martin mosquito-borne virus

By Gay Nagle Myers
The Centers for Disease Control issued a travel advisory for St. Martin due to an outbreak of a mosquito-borne disease.

The World Health Organization has reported 10 confirmed cases of chikungunya virus among residents on the French side of the Dutch-French island.

This is the first time that the disease, which originated in Africa, has been reported in the Western Hemisphere, according to the CDC.

The virus can cause fever, joint pains, a rash, muscle aches and headaches, but is rarely fatal.

There is no vaccine for it. Travelers to St. Martin are advised to use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants and to use air-conditioning and door and window screens to keep mosquitoes out.

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