In December 2013, a local infection of the chikungunya virus was detected for the first time in the Americas with the confirmation of two cases on the island of St. Martin.The chikungunya virus was originally reported in the 1950s when an outbreak occurred in a village in southeastern Africa.Chikungunya is a virus transmitted to man and monkey by the same mosquitoes that spread dengue fever: the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species.The disease has symptoms similar to dengue, including muscle pain, high fevers and general fatigue.The Health Secretariat said that no vaccine exists to prevent infection by this virus nor any specific treatment, and that it can only be managed by relieving the symptoms.
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