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Chikungunya Disease found in Flowood

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FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Could an outbreak of a deadly disease be taking over Mississippi? The first case of Chikungunya is now reported in the metro area.

This is a severe infectious disease transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. It has the potential of being an explosive epidemic. There were 14 cases in Haiti, now there are 15 thousand cases.

Outbreaks have happened in Africa, Asia and Europe. A traveling medical professional from Alabama was in Haiti on work when she contracted the disease that attacks your joints.

She was working with a Jackson doctor two weeks ago when she broke out in a rash, she was treated at River Oaks in Flowood.

"The main thing that starts off is really the joint pain," said infectious disease specialist Dr. David Smith. "The joint pain and the rash, you usually have fever and then they will have the onset of joint pain. And sometimes one can precede the other. It hasn't spread to Central America yet, but I don't think it's going to be long. It just seems to be spreading like wildfire.

Dr. Smith says it does have the potential to be deadly. Right now there are a total of seven cases in the United States.

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