Another Caribbean island reports chikungunya virus while infections spread in Dominican Republic

Antigua and Barbuda is the most recent nation to report possible cases of chikungunya fever as the disease continues to spread in the Caribbean.

In the Dominican Republic, there is some disagreement as to whether there are just isolated cases or outbreaks in 4 newly affected provinces that include San Pedro, Nigua, Haina and Boca Chica. In some localities, health care facilities are treating 100-200 patients every day.

Nations that are reporting cases of this disease include Anguilla, Aruba, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Maarten, British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Barthelemy, and St Martin.

Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences. Travellers to areas where chikungunya fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure to this virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with chikungunya fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community that are not reported.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Chikungunya Fever.

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