chikungunya

   muskol  Cayman

Guatemala’s Ministry of Health has reported the first locally acquired cases of chikungunya fever in this country.  8 confirmed cases have been reported in the city of Escuintla.

Since October 2013 more than 850, 000 suspected and confirmed cases of chikungunya have been reported across the Caribbean and in the Americas. 95% of the cases  have been reported from Dominican Republic, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti, and El Salvador.

Chikungunya is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.  Travellers are advised to practice daytime insect precautions.  If you have returned from the Caribbean and are  presenting with a fever within 12 days of  your return you are advised to seek medical attention.

Travellers should seek travel health advise a minimum of 4-6 weeks (if possible) before departure to ensure they are up to date on all standard immunizations, the travel nurse will discuss recommended travel immunizations and educate travelers are proper insect precautions, food and water safety and other health concerns.  Call Nova Travel Medicine and Immunization Clinic to book an appointment.

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   FLorida

Florida’s Health department has confirmed 2 cases of locally acquired chikungunya since July 17, 2014.  These are the first locally acquired cases reported in the U.S.

Chikungunya is not vaccine preventable.  It is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.  Travellers are advised to use daytime insect precautions.  Any traveler returning with a fever within 12 days should seek medical advise and inform their provider of their recent travels.

For more information please see our pages on Chikungunya Fever and Insect Precautions.

Travelers are advised to seek travel health advise a minimum of 4-6 weeks before departure to ensure they are up-to date on standard and recommended travel immunizations as well as educated on preventative measures such as proper insect precautions.

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Chikungunya: Carribean Isle of Saint Martin

December 13, 2013

  The World Health Organization has been notified of two locally acquired and laboratory confirmed cases of chikungunya in Saint Martin.  These mark the first cases of local transmission of the virus in the region. As of December 10, 2013, there have been two confirmed cases, four probably and 20 suspected cases of chikungynya in the […]

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Chikungunya: New Caledonia

May 6, 2013

Chikungunya is an infection cause by mosquitoes causing fever, extreme joint paint, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.  There have been 5 cases confirmed by New Caledonia’s department of health, since April 2013.  Chikungunya can share similar symptoms to Dengue fever.  There is no cure for the disease. Travellers are advised to practice daytime and […]

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