Chikungunya fever in the Caribbean

The following countries are reporting or have reported local transmission of the chikungunya fever virus:

  • French Guiana - more than 9,000 cases
  • Guadeloupe - major epidemic with 81,200 cases
  • Martinique - major epidemic with 72,200 cases
  • St. Barthelemy - 1,393 cases
  • St. Martin - virus first appeared on this island; now 4,830 reported cases
  • Antigua and Barbuda - 1,414 cases
  • Aruba - 350 cases
  • Barbados - 1,553 case
  • Cayman Islands - 152 cases
  • Jamaica - 1,203 cases
  • St. Lucia - 678 cases
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines - 1,219 cases
  • U.K. Virgin Island - 347 cases
  • U.S. Virgin Islands - 2,014 cases

The following islands have reported less than 100 cases: Anguilla, Bahamas, Montserrat.

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. Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences.

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

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