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The first human case of chikungunya has been confirmed in Georgia but Columbus Commissioner of Health Beverley Townsend said there is no reason to be alarmed.

Chikungunya is a virus that spreads through mosquito bites but the Georgia Department of Public Health said Thursday that the person was not bitten in this country but while in the Caribbean. It is travelers to the Caribbean , Africa, Asia and islands in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific Ocean who are at risk

Townsend said people who take vacations or go on mission trips to those areas need to take proper precautions.

Columbus Ledger Enquirer.

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