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Category: Chikungunya

Year two of chikungunya in the Americas

Aedes aegypti or Yellow Fever mosquito

Public health officials had been expecting the arrival of chikungunya in the Western Hemisphere for some time so they were not surprised when cases began appearing in Dec. 2013 on the French side of the island of St. Martin. As of April 17, 2015, chikungunya had been confirmed with autochthonous (local) transmission in virtually every country and territory in North and South America. Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Cuba and Peru deny any locally contracted illnesses.

Projecting the Toll from Chikungunya

Avoiding dengue while visiting the Caribbean

Illnesses caused by the mosquito borne chikungunya virus were first detected in the Western Hemisphere in very early Dec. 2013. While there have been imported cases of chikungunya for some years, the illness had never been locally acquired until that time. From French St. Martin, the illness quickly spread to other French-speaking islands in the eastern Caribbean and then to other islands and onto the South American continent.

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