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Asian tiger mosquito epidemic warning issued by CDC

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a warning to American citizens about a possible epidemic of chikungunya emanating from Asian tiger mosquitos that have migrated to this country, according to NBC News, Dec. 17, 2013. The threat is particularly prevalent among tourists who have just returned from the Caribbean and unknowingly brought tiger mosquitos here.

Although chikungunya is not considered a deadly disease, it is nevertheless extremely painful and causes severe headaches, joint pain and fever. It also causes patients to bend upwards in a contorted position, thus the word chikungunya, which means "that which bends up."

Even though chikungunya is not widespread in this country at the present time, it does nevertheless pose a threat to public health in the United States as it becomes more preeminent. The best safeguard against the disease is to wear long sleeves, use insect repellent, and utilize air conditioning when inside.

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