Chikungunya likely to become endemic to the Caribbean

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Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) stated that the Chikungunya virus is likely to become endemic to the Caribbean. He raised the issue during his participation in a public forum on Ebola and Chikungunya in Kingston on Tuesday. He said, “Like Dengue it (Chikungunya) will be with us for years to come, and there’s a lot more pain and misery associated with this one than Dengue,” He added that the virus has not reached its peak and continues to be under-reported. 

Meanwhile, the levels of chikungunya transmission is growing. See map above with case counts of local transmission that are publicly released every Wednesday by 12:00pm MT. It does not include countries or territories where only imported cases have been documented. See more information in the links below:

In late 2013, the first local transmission of chikungunya virus in the Americas was reported in some Caribbean countries and territories. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with the virus and are spreading it to people.

Countries and territories in the Caribbean where chikungunya cases have been reported: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.

For full article, see http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/chikungunya-likely-to-become-endemic-to-the-caribbean-carpha

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