Do We Really Need Another Reason to Hate Mosquitoes?

Apparently, the answer is yes because on July 17, 2014 the first case of Chikungunya Fever, acquired in Florida was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 2006, over 200 cases have been reported, but only by people who had traveled outside of the United States.

A cadre of Brazilian army soldiers who had been to Haiti for reconstruction relief are among those listed as having been infected with this virus.

At this time, there is no vaccine or special treatment for those who contract the virus, which causes fever, headaches, "bone-crushing" joint pain, rash, swelling and a bent over posture. Symptoms reportedly can last for months or years.

For more detailed information, as well as a map that shows endemic areas in Europe and Africa, this can be found at Wikipedia. The article ends with an odd fact: Chikungunya had been researched in 2002 by the USA as a potential biological weapon. They failed to mention that on the news.