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Brace for full impact of Chikungunya virus - CARPHA warns region

Published:Wednesday | September 3, 2014 | 2:59 PM

The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning the Caribbean to be prepared for the full impact of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus eight months after the first case was detected.

The agency’s executive director Dr James Hospedales told the Caribbean Media Corporation that almost all Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have now reported cases of the virus.

Hospedales says there have been more than nine thousand confirmed cases of chikungunya with another 600,000 suspected cases in the region.

He says as the virus continues to spread, the agency will host an expert consultation next month to look at all the plans across the region and to see best ways to protect people and the economy of the region.

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