Chikungunya fever in Caribbean now at epidemic levels

With slightly more than 4,000 confirmed cases and more than 31,000 suspected cases of chikungunya fever, the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA) has declared that the chikungunya virus has reached epidemic proportions in the Caribbean. Cases have been reported from Anguilla, Aruba, Virgin Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Barthelemy, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Maarten (Dutch) and St Martin (French).

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.

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