Chikungunya fever epidemic continues unchecked in the Americas

The chikungunya fever epidemic sweeping across all the Caribbean nations and parts of Central and South America continues unchecked. There are now well over 500,000 estimated cases of this infection. The countries with the largest number of reported cases includes many tourist destinations such as the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. Haiti is also reporting large numbers of cases.

Local spread of this disease by locally infected mosquitoes is occurring in Aruba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador, Guyana (Berbice region), and Venezuela (Aragua state). Countries that have reported cases in returning travellers but with little or no local spread include Brazil, Cayman Islands, France, Reunion Island and the USA (at least 39 states have reported imported cases, but limited local spread has only been detected in Florida).

Travellers are reminded that this infections will continue to spread, and the risk of exposure will remain high in areas where transmission is occurring or will occur shortly.

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