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Joel Peralta thinks he contracted the chikungunya virus

Jul 21, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Joel Peralta AP

Joel Peralta has been feeling sick since returning from a vacation to his home in the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break and the Rays reliever believes he contracted the chikungunya virus while there.

What’s the chikungunya virus? I had no idea, so I looked it up via the world’s most trusted source for everything, Wikipedia:

Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an arthropod-borne virus, of the genus Alphavirus, that is transmitted to humans by virus-carrying Aedes mosquitoes. CHIKV is transmitted similarly to dengue fever and causes an illness with an acute febrile phase lasting two to five days, followed by a longer period of joint pains in the extremities; this pain may persist for years in some cases.

Apparently there’s been an outbreak in the Dominican Republic recently, as Braves pitcher Ervin Santana has been tweeting about several of his family members being among the thousands of people effected. Oh, and “currently there is no specific treatment.” Woof.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays may place Peralta on the disabled list while he recovers.

  1. dan1111 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Joint pain potentially lasting for years? Sheesh, that sounds like a bad break for a pitcher. Hopefully it’s just a false alarm.

  2. jashton11 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    A couple of cases of this virus have started showing up in South Florida. I saw one person say that the second day with it feels “like I’ve fallen from a skyscraper and every bone I have is broken.” In other words, not something you want to get.

    • raysfan1 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      So far 1 case in someone who has not left the country and so presumably it is starting to be become endemic in the US too.

      • jashton11 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        I saw a story late last week that said there was one case like that in Miami-Dade and another in Palm Beach. That second one hits a little too close to home for me.

    • karlkolchak - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Even worse, I read that the virus is carried by the Tiger mosquito, the range of which goes all the way up the east coast to New York. This disease could soon become as big a problem in the U.S. as Lyme disease.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    During the All Star Break Casey Janssen of the Jays went on a vacation in the Dominican Republic and caught an unidentified virus. He lost seven pounds and required an IV drip when he returned.

  4. bisonaudit - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    The people who know about viruses and how they spread are very worried about this one:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2014/07/chikungunya_virus_in_the_united_states_cdc_and_other_experts_worried_about.html

  5. stex52 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    This one and dengue are both making their way north into the U.S. General warming trends will encourage those and other viruses to move further into the continental U.S.

  6. jimmyt - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Not to worry, at the rate at which it is coming across our southern boarders we will all have it soon enough.

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