Causing victims to suffer severe fever and pain, chikungunya virus has reached the Caribbean and South America — and is predicted to soon cause outbreaks in the United States. For many years the virus has remained primarily in Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. In response to the arrival of the virus in the Western Hemisphere, the Global Virus Network announced yesterday the formation of the GVN Chikungunya Task Force, comprised of top virologists from around the world. The GVN Chikungunya Task Force is composed of 16 virologists representing nine countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Sweden, Grenada, Estonia, South Africa and Thailand. It is being led by UTMB’s Scott Weaver.