Alabama has more possible mosquito virus cases


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama may have four more cases of the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya (chik-in-GUHN’-yuh).

Dr. Thomas Miller of the Alabama Department of Public Health says the Centers for Disease Control has sent back preliminary positive findings on four Alabama residents. Final results are not complete. Two are from Colbert County and the others are from Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties.

Preliminary results are being awaited on the several others. Miller says samples on 10 Alabamians were sent for testing. Six of the 10 had been involved in two different church mission trips to the Caribbean. The department was unsure about why the other four were in the Caribbean.

The four preliminary cases are in addition to one confirmed case last week in Madison County.

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