ByMeera Senthilingam, for CNN
updated 6:12 AM EST, Wed December 17, 2014
It's a disease with an exotic name, painful symptoms and no treatment or vaccine. It's endemic in Asia and Africa, and it recently spread to the Americas -- where nearly 1 million people have been infected and 150 have died. Here, a doctor examines a patient in El Salvador for signs of Chikungunya.
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(CNN)— Its name means “bending over in pain.” It has no treatment or vaccine.
Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people — 155 of them fatally —
since spreading to the Americas one year ago.
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