A Rare Tropical Virus From a Mosquito Bite

A mosquito bite results in incredible joint pain, crushing headaches and a friend who stays on the case.

Austin, Texas, Labor Day weekend, 2013: Talk about the dog days of summer. In her sister-in-law’s guest bedroom, my friend Reese, a Hollywood publicist, kicked at her sheets, trying to cool off. The next day, Reese discovered welts on her ankles. She wasn’t surprised. “I’m a lightning rod for mosquitoes,” she later told me. What Reese never imagined, however, was the malignant virus that entered her blood during her brief Texas getaway. Nor did any of her doctors c...

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