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The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is warning vacation and business travellers to the Caribbean about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit Chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

TDH said the first confirmed case of Chikungunya disease in Tennessee occurred in 2014 and that since then 42 new cases have been documented, all involving travel outside the state.

The TDH said prior to 2013, Chikungunya virus disease was found primarily in Africa, Asia, Europe and in the Indian Pacific Ocean areas.

In the past year, Health organizations have reported the disease spreading in additional areas, including the Caribbean and the Americas.
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