PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI ) – The Rhode Island Department of Health has confirmed two cases of a painful mosquito-borne virus in the Ocean State.
According to the health department, travelers returned from the Dominican Republic on May 17 and May 29 with fever, muscle aches, and joint pain.
The health department later confirmed the symptoms were the chikungunya virus, which is transmitted to humans through infected mosquitoes. A few other possible cases of the virus are under investigation.
The CDC has issued travel advisories for chikungunya virus to the Caribbean islands.
The virus does not usually cause death, but the symptoms can be severe and include a high fever and severe joint pain, as well as swelling and a rash. Most people feel better within one week.