— By Matthew Crenson
Two people have acquired the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus within the continental United States, the state of Florida’s Department of Health announced today.
The cases, one in Miami-Dade County and another in Palm Beach County, confirm that the virus has infected U.S. mosquitoes.
Chikungunya is an illness marked mainly by discomfort: a high fever, rashes, and severe joint, back and muscle pain.
It is rarely fatal, and most recover within days or weeks.
However, joint pain can sometimes persist for months.
Chikungunya cannot be transmitted from person to person; it can be contracted only from a mosquito.
The U.S. is only the latest destination for the globetrotting virus.