Virus spread by mosquitos hits more than 1 million people in Latin America

Virus spread by mosquitos hits more than 1 million people in Latin America
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In just one year, a mosquito-borne illness has spread across the Caribbean and Central and South America, infecting more than one million people.

The illness, chikungunya, is usually not fatal, but its symptoms include horrendous joint paint, severe headaches, and fever. Hospitals are overwhelmed, The Associated Press reports, and the economy is being hit hard in several areas; a study by Universidad Eugenio Maria de Hostos in the Dominican Republic found that almost 13 percent of businesses in the country said employees missed work in June because of the virus.

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