Over 500,000 Cases of Chikungunya in Carribean and Americas

by Wayne Ghesquiere on August 7, 2014

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Since October 2013, there have been 508, 000 suspected and confirmed cases of chikungunya fever.   Confirmed cases of chikungunya have been locally acxquired in most Caribbean countries and several countries in the Americas; affected areas continue to report cases.

Chikungynya is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.  Chikungunya is not vaccine preventable; travelers are advised to use daytime insect precautions.  Travellers should seek travel health advise to ensure they are up to date on standard immunizations as well as recommended immunizations.  A safe traveler is a happy traveler!  Contact the Nova Travel Medicine and Immunization Clinic 4-6 weeks before departure (if possible) to ensure you are aware of protective measures for insec

The most affected areas to date:  Dominican Republic, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti and Saint Martin

Countries where outbreak has yet to peak: Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Anguilla

Cases have also been reported in: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands, Grenada (Carriacou Island), Guyana, Suriname, Panama, Turks and Caicos, Trinidad and Tobago, British Virgin Islands, Florida State, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Venezuela

Travel-related cases of been reported in the U.S and France.

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