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First Oklahoma case of chikungunya virus confirmed

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Oklahoma City, OK - The Oklahoma Department of Health confirms the first case of the chikungunya virus in the state.

The Tulsa County resident who tested positive for the disease recently traveled to Haiti on a mission trip.

Chikungunya is not native to the continental United States. The Department of Health says people considering trips to any South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, or any Caribbean island should take extra measures to prevent bites from mosquitoes, which carry the disease.

The first finding of the virus in the Americas occurred last year on Caribbean islands. Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba have since experienced outbreaks of the disease.

Chikungunya is marked by high fever, severe joint pain, headache, joint swelling, muscle pain, and rash.