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Published On: Fri, May 30th, 2014

San Juan teen the first chikungunya case in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico Department of Health (Departamento de Salud de Puerto Rico) has reported the first confirmed case of chikungunya virus on the Caribbean island yesterday, according to the Department’s Facebook page.

The posting late yesterday says, “Secretaria del Departamento de Salud informa sobre primer caso de Chikungunya confirmado en Puerto Rico” (Secretary of the Department of Health reports first confirmed case of Chikungunya in Puerto Rico.).

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The Associated Press reports Health Secretary Ana Rius says the patient is a 16-year-old girl who lives in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan. The patient did no require hospitalization for her illness. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

The first autochthonous chikungunya cases in the Western hemisphere were reported on the French side of St. Martin last December. There is currently greater than 63,000 cases reported in the Caribbean and South America.

Related: Florida reports 10 imported chikungunya cases in 2014

The CDC describes the symptoms of chikungunya fever as “fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, rash, and joint pain.” It often is confused with dengue, another viral illness carried by mosquitoes. It is milder than dengue and has no known hemorrhagic component. Some patients report an incapacitating joint pain that can last for months, which is not a dengue symptom.

LISTEN: Chikungunya in the Western Hemisphere: An interview with a CDC expert

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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