Officials: 2 cases of new virus in Rhode Island - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Officials: 2 cases of new virus in Rhode Island

Posted: Updated:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island health officials are reporting the first confirmed cases of a nasty mosquito-borne virus that has been rapidly spreading in the Caribbean.

Officials say the two confirmed cases of chikungunya involve travelers who returned from the Dominican Republic on May 17 and May 29. Authorities are still investigating several other cases.

Chikungunya causes high fevers and joint pain but is rarely fatal. There is no vaccine and the main treatment is pain medication.

A spokesman on Saturday said the Rhode Island Department of Health will not immediately release details on the towns where sickened people live because authorities are still investigating the infections.

The Pan American Health Organization says there have been more than 135,000 suspected and confirmed cases throughout the Caribbean since the first locally transmitted case was documented in December.
  • Stay Connected

  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Follow Us on Twitter
  • U.S. & World NewsMore>>

  • Aid group: US doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    Aid group: US doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:04:28 GMT
    The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge.[more]
    At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working...[more]
  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:04:21 GMT
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether...[more]
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama...[more]
  • Justice Dept. announces $17B settlement with BofA

    Justice Dept. announces $17B settlement with BofA

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:54:58 GMT
    Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Departm ent will increase that toll, but...[more]
    The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.[more]
Powered by WorldNow

WHDH TV 7NBC WLVI TV CW56
Sunbeam Television Corp
7 Bulfinch Place
Boston, MA 02114

News Tips: (800) 280-TIPS
Tell Hank: (855) 247-HANK
Corporate Media Services: (800) 642-1551

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WHDH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.