Published On: Fri, Aug 1st, 2014

First case of chikungunya in Curaçao

ChikungunyaWILLEMSTAD – The first case of chikungunya was registered in Curaçao. It is a patient who may have been bitten by a mosquito on the island. So far the disease occurred predominantly with travelers from infected areas in the Caribbean and northern South America.

Chikungunya has been present in the Caribbean since October. On Sint Maarten it has been present since the beginning of this year. The first case in Bonaire was detected in June of this year. On the other former Antillean islands, the infection has not been detected yet. In Suriname there are now 31 cases of chickungunya recorded.

The Health Department in Curacao mentions eight other possible cases of infection, but even these are not yet confirmed. Health authorities will give additional details later today. The government will also announce their information campaign.

The chikungunya virus is transmitted by the mosquito that also spreads the dengue virus. The disease is not fatal but is accompanied by mild to high fever, rash, and severe joint pain. In combination with other symptoms, the disease could be fatal. Until now there is no vaccine against dengue or chikungunya.

Infection can be prevented by protecting yourself against mosquito bites. The chikungunya virus is also found in France, Italy, parts of Africa and Southeast Asia.

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