Knoxville researchers to test vaccine to fight mosquito-borne chikungunya virus

in Health & Wellness

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Mosquitoes are spreading the chikungunya virus at higher numbers in the world, and Knoxville researchers are hoping to curb that spread and its impact with a new medical trial.

The virus is rarely fatal, usually causing flu-like symptoms such as fever, joint and muscle pain, headache, and rashes.

The Centers for Disease Control said it’s a virus similar to dengue and Zika. People at risk of developing more serious symptoms include those older than 65, newborns, and those with medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
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