Chikungunya continues to increase in the Caribbean; travellers take disease to France

Haiti is the latest country to report dramatic increases in reported cases of chikungunya fever. Less than a week ago, there were 14 cases and now there are 1,529 reported cases. The disease is expected to disseminate widely in the coming weeks.

Although there are rumours that the disease has reached Cuba, this has not been confirmed.

Meanwhile, cases continue to be reported from Dominican Republic (8,017 cases), French Guiana, Guadeloupe (13,600 cases), Martinique (24,180 cases), St Barthelemy, St Martin (3,240 cases), Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Dominica (1,578 cases), St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, St Maarten, and the British Virgin Islands.

Two children travelled from Martinique and returned with chikungunya fever to southern France (Toulouse) where there is are concerns that this disease will spread to the local mosquitoes.

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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