Two new Chikungunya cases confirmed in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed two new cases of Chikungunya virus.

The two patients recently returned from the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

A previous case was reported in June involving someone who also had been in Haiti.

Mosquitoes carry the virus and infect humans when they bite.

Symptoms include painful, swollen joints and fever.

There isn’t an effective treatment or cure, although deaths from the virus are rare.

To protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses, use a repellant containing DEET while outside and wear loose, light-colored clothing that covers your arms and legs.

Get rid of standing water to stop mosquitoes from breeding.

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