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Deshler student among new cases of chikungunya

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Kyra Holway said her symptoms came on extremely fast after coming into contact with the disease at a mission trip. (Source: WAFF) Kyra Holway said her symptoms came on extremely fast after coming into contact with the disease at a mission trip. (Source: WAFF)
TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) -

More cases of the new mosquito-borne virus called Chikungunya are possible in the Tennessee Valley.

Health officials confirmed they are testing several people in Colbert County who recently returned from a mission trip to Haiti.

One of the patients is a rising senior at Deshler High School. Kyra Holway said her symptoms came on extremely fast, and it has taken about one week for her to feel back to normal.

Holway said the orphanage where they served had an outbreak of chikungunya. Their group was warned when they got there, and took what they thought were enough precautions to prevent the disease.

She said the worst part of the illness is the joint pain. She also experienced a rash and a headache, along with a fever. After seeing her doctor, he contacted the state's health department, who then sent tests to the Centers for Disease Control.

"I was kind of expecting it, because there was an outbreak and I knew I had all the symptoms," Holway said. "I knew there was no treatment, and I knew it would be a good week of not feeling too good."

Holway said three other people in her group came down with the same symptoms. They are also being tested for chikungunya.

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