V.I. Health Department has confirmed 25 cases of chikungunya in the St. Thomas-St. John District. The CDC and local Health Department have been offering free blood testing to confirm the cases as patients come into their doctors' offices with symptoms. Chikungunya is a mosquito borne illness that is similar to dengue fever. It's symptoms include fever, rash and joint pain. Chikungunya has swept rapidly through the Caribbean since the first locally acquired case in the Americas was diagnosed in St. Martin in December. We want to encourage everyone to stay save and practice basic mosquito prevention. Wear long sleeves during peak mosquito hours and always use bug spray when you are going to be outdoors for an extended period of time.