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Asian Tiger Mosquito Could Expand Painful Caribbean Virus into U.S.

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Rapid expansion of this species, which is more aggressive than the species that is now spreading chikungunya into the Caribbean, is worrying scientists.

In the past few months, passengers at North American airports have been warned that travel to the Caribbean might result in an unwanted souvenir. The first outbreak of chikungunya virus in the Western Hemisphere began in the French part of the Caribbean island of St Martin in December and has spread rapidly around the region, infecting more than 500,000 people.

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