Schumer requests US health alert for virus


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a health alert to medical professionals in New York and around the country for identifying, treating and containing a mosquito-borne virus.

Chikungunya causes fevers, joint and muscle pain, headaches, joint swelling and rashes.

One of the mosquito species that carries the virus is prevalent in Brazil.

Schumer says there have been three confirmed cases in New York, 25 in Florida and numbers could increase dramatically with the return of soccer fans from the World Cup.

The New York Democrat is also calling on U.S. Department of Homeland Security to increase border safeguards, citing the developing threat in the Caribbean, where more than 100,000 people have been affected. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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