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INDIANAPOLIS (June 10, 2014) â€” An Allen County resident, who recently traveled to the Caribbean, has tested positive for the chikungunya virus.
Transmitted by mosquitoes, chikungunya has been found in multiple Caribbean countries. Cases have been identified in travelers returning from the Caribbean and local transmission has not been identified in the United States.
Chikungunya has also been found in Africa, Asia and islands in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific areas.
"We expected the epidemic in the Caribbean to cause some travel-related cases here in Indiana,â€ť said Jennifer Brown, DVM, State Public Health Veterinarian at the Indiana State Department of Health. â€śWe encourage all Hoosiers to take precautions against mosquito bites at home and while traveling.â€ť
See more coverage of this story in Tuesday's The Post & Mail.