Chikungunya has yet to peak

by Wayne Ghesquiere on July 9, 2014

Caman beach 

Since October 2013, International Health authorities have confirmed over 300,000 suspected and confirmed cases of locally acquired chikungunya fever in the Carribean.

Chikungunya is a mosquito borne illness transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Most of the affected areas continue to report cases.  The outbreak has not yet peaked in Haiti, Dominica and Dominican Republic.

The outbreak is still on going in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint MArtin, Sint MAarten, Saint Bathelemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Grenadines, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Puerto Rico and Anguilla.

There have been a few cases reported in Antigua, Barbuda, Aruba, Grenada, Guyana,Suriname, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands.

Travellers are advised to seek travel health advise prior to departure.  Travellers should be aware of daytime insect precautions; chikungunya is not vaccine preventable.  Returning travelers with a fever within 12 days of returning from the Carribean should seek medical care and inform their provider of their recent destination.

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