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Tropical Disease likely to take root in U.S.

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This is a big deal:

Tennessee Investigates Potential Chikungunya Cases.

The Tennessean (6/11, Wilemon, 414K) reports that yesterday, the Tennessee state Department of Health announced “it is investigating the first potential cases of chikungunya virus in the state.” The article notes that “Dr. James Crowe Jr., a Vanderbilt University professor and member of the Chikungunya Task Force Global Virus Network, said the disease is likely to become endemic here just as West Nile virus has and could establish a foothold in the United States in the next year.”

        The Miami Herald (6/11, Tamayo, 822K) reports dozens of cases have already been confirmed in Cuba by hospital workers, although the government has yet to acknowledge this publicly.


a little primer on the disease:


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