A virus that causes pain so severe that patients lie groaning in bed for days has come to the Western Hemisphere and travelers should
take precautions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions.
Chikungunya virus has been confirmed in 10 people on the French side of St. Martin in the Caribbean, and it’s very likely to end up in the United States, CDC says. The virus is carried by the same mosquitoes that spread dengue virus — Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, more commonly known as the Asian tiger mosquito. Both have been making inroads into the U.S.