Chikungunya epidemic in Americas continues to expand

According to the Pan American Health Organization's chikungunya fever update, 19 countries in the Americas have reported approximately 170,000 suspected and confirmed cases of chikungunya fever in the Spanish and English speaking countries of the Caribbean region. Nations that have NOT officially reported any cases yet include Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curacão, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The lack of reported cases does not necessarily mean that the virus is not present in these populations. Many persons with this disease have a mild form and do not seek medical attention. As a result, they are not reported to health authorities. There may be many cases in the community that are not reported.

Even in areas where chikungunya fever virus has not been reported yet, travellers should still take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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