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Texas has 5 confirmed chikungunya cases

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TEXAS – The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed five cases of chikungunya, a virus that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is transmitted by mosquitoes.

According to DSHS, all cases have been imported, meaning that travelers have acquired the illness while visiting areas where the virus is more common.

However, those imported cases mean there is a potential for chikungunya to spread in Texas because the Aedes mosquitoes that transmit it are present in the state.

The cases have been confirmed in Bexar, Gonzales, Harris, Travis and Williamson counties.

KXAN reports a retired Austin Police lieutenant said he was infected with the disease while working as a police adviser in Haiti.