State now has 5 confirmed chikungunya cases

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Five cases of chikungunya have now been confirmed in the state of Texas, according to the Department of State Health Services.

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

The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause fever and severe joint pain. All of the confirmed cases came from people who picked up the illness while traveling outside the United States to areas where the virus is more common. However, officials warn the type of mosquitoes that transport the disease can also be found in Texas.

Last week, the first confirmed case in the state was reported in Williamson County. And a retired Austin Police lieutenant KXAN spoke with on Monday said he was infected with the disease while working as a police adviser in Haiti.

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