Chikungunya in the Carribean new updates

by Wayne Ghesquiere on March 1, 2014

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Since mid-February 2014 there have been more than 2100 locally acquired confirmed or probably cases of chikungunya in the Carribean since the outbreak began in October 2013.  New additional cases have been confirmed in French Guiana, Aruba, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

To date cases of chikungunya fever have been reported in:

  • Martinique
  • Saint Martin
  • Siint Martin
  • Guadeloupe
  • Saint Bathelemy
  • French Guiana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Anguilla
  • Aruba
  • Saint Kitts
  • Nevis

Chikungunya fever is an arboviral infection spread to humans by mosquitoes.  There is no vaccine to protect you against chikungunya therefore travelers are advised to seek travel health advice prior to departure to ensure they are familiar with proper insect precautions and up to date on all vaccines recommended for travel.   For more information please see the Nova Travel Clinics page on chikungunya and protection against insect bites.

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