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Oregon samples tested for mosquito-borne virus

June 24, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon public health officials say federal laboratories are testing blood samples from two Lane County residents for a mosquito-borne virus that spread quickly in the Caribbean and is showing up in travelers from the United States.

The virus is chikungunya (chik-en-GUN-yah). It causes painful symptoms, such as fever and joint pains. It’s seldom fatal,

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1lneAO7) that Lane County officials say local laboratory tests confirmed the virus in a man who traveled in the Caribbean.

The state public health veterinarian, Dr. Emilio DeBess, says three Oregon cases have been under scrutiny: In one, the test results were negative. In the other two, results aren’t back from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DeBess says the mosquitoes that transmit the disease aren’t found in Oregon.


Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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