Puerto Rico confirms its 1st chikungunya case

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Health officials in Puerto Rico have confirmed the first chikungunya case in the U.S. territory.

Health Secretary Ana Rius says the patient is a 16-year-old girl who lives in Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan. Rius said Thursday that officials are investigating how the girl contracted the mosquito-borne disease. She said the girl did not require hospitalization.

There have been more than 60,000 suspected cases of chikungunya across the Caribbean since the region's first locally transmitted case was recorded in December.

Chikungunya was first identified in Africa in 1953 and causes a high fever and severe pain in the joints, but is rarely fatal. There is no vaccine, and pain medication is the main treatment.