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Over the past few weeks, we've been hearing about more and more people contracting the mosquito-borne illness known as chikungunya.

Now a Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher thinks he may have contracted the virus.

Joel Peralta says he hasn't been well since the All Star Break last week. That's when he was back home in the Dominican Republic, where the virus is more prevalent.

There's no official word yet from the Rays about Peralta's illness, or whether he will have to go on the disabled list.

The virus can cause joint pain and arthritis-like symptoms. It typically isn't deadly, but it can be extremely painful, with symptoms lasting for weeks.

So far, there have been 82 cases confirmed in Florida, including two that were contracted locally.

"To prevent chikungunya, it is vital that Floridians and visitors continue to avoid mosquito bites" said Dr. Jennifer Bencie, DOH-Manatee Administrator.

From WTSP Channel 10 News in Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Fla., a Gannett property

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