Untoppable chikungunya fever spreads in the Caribbean

The spread of chikungunya in the eastern Caribbean appears to be unstoppable. In the last week, there were an additional 507 probable or confirmed cases reported. There are over 7,800 suspected cases. Martinique is reporting the highest numbers, 1,058 confirmed or probable chikungunya cases and an additional 3,940 suspected cases.

Other countries that continue to report cases include: Anguilla, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sint Maarten and St. Martin – all are major tourist destinations.

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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