- Associated Press - Saturday, July 12, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Health authorities are reporting South Carolina’s first case of a tropical disease transmitted by mosquitoes.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control says the Chikungunya (chik-en-GUN-ye) virus was diagnosed in an Upstate resident who recently returned from a trip to Haiti. At least three cases have been reported in North Carolina.

South Carolina state epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell says anyone who has recently been to the Caribbean and believes they may have been infected should stay indoors for at least seven days to avoid mosquitoes able to spread the virus.

Chikungunya symptoms include fever, joint pain and swelling, headache, muscle pain and rash. It cannot be spread from person to person.

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