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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 3:02 am

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The first case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya illness has been confirmed in Pinellas County.

The state's health department says a Pinellas County resident who traveled to the Caribbean in June came down with the viral illness.

There have been 52 cases in Florida this year through Friday.

The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1vxERdz) reports that none of the cases were acquired locally, and there have been no reports of anyone acquiring the disease within the United States.

The infection is typically reported in patients who had traveled to the Caribbean region.

While the disease rarely leads to death, it can cause a week or more of fever, severe joint pain and rash. There is no vaccination or treatment.

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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

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