Published On: Thu, Dec 11th, 2014

Chikungunya update. 20.000 patients

Chikungunya1WILLEMSTAD – Epidemiologist Izzy Gerstenbluth says that there probably 20 thousand chikungunya patients in Curaçao. He uses a mathematical model, because there is hardly any test anymore.

Neither has every patient gone to their doctor. The magnitude of the epidemic is mainly due to the lack of immunity in the population. The disease is to new for this. The Social Insurance Bank (SVB) has decided to everyone who has chikungunya and visits their doctor will get 5 days sick leave.

Today the parliament was supposed to meet and debate on this issue and to come to solutions, but there was no quorum for the meeting. Only 5 MPs showed up. The 2 MPs who've requested the meeting were not present.

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