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New Hampshire confirms 2 mosquito virus cases

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire public health officials have confirmed the state's first human case of a mosquito-borne virus that's been rapidly spreading through the Caribbean and parts of Latin America.

Chikungunya is a virus that causes fever and joint pain. It rarely results in death but the symptoms can be debilitating.

The Department of Health and Human Services says the two people recently traveled to the Caribbean, where the mosquitoes have been found, and that there is no concern for local transmission because the types of mosquitoes that carry the virus have not been found here.

Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero urges those traveling to areas where the virus exists to take precautions to avoid being bitten.

"While  this  is  our  first  announcement of this virus," said DHHS Public Health  Director  Dr. Jos Montero, "unfortunately it probably wont be the last.  This disease and the mosquitoes that carry it are spreading. We want to  urge  people  who are traveling to areas where this virus now exists to take  the  same  precautions  when outdoors that they would here to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes, namely wear an effective insect repellent, long sleeves,  and  pants.  In  some  countries  a bed net might be advisable if screens are not available."