Published On: Thu, Jan 9th, 2014

Serious risk of Chikungunya virus in Curacao

MosquitoWILLEMSTAD - The chances of chikungunya virus in Curacao is now growing as the virus is becoming more common in neighboring countries. This is according to entomologist Gisette Seferina. She is not recommending any travel ban for people infected, but encourages the government to take action.

In St. Maarten there are now 89 known cases of people infected with chikungunya virus. The chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a virus that causes mild fever and joint pains and is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The virus is similar to the dengue virus, but it is not lethal. The big difference is that the recovery can take weeks and some older patients can continue to have a burden for several years from stiffness and pain in their joints.

Precautions

Seferina encourages people to, for example, those who travel to St. Maarten, wear long sleeves and long pants. Take extra precautions against mosquito bites, especially after dark people should be extra careful. She also advises the government of Curacao to take precautionary measures.

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