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Canada updates travel warning on Chik V in the Caribbean

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Five-year-old Karla Sepulveda, who has chikungunya fever symptoms, waits with her grandmother for treatment in the paediatric area of a public hospital in the coastal town of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, recently. - AP


Canada has warned travellers to the Caribbean to protect themselves from mosquito bites as the spread of the Chikungunya disease continues across the region.

"Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic at least six weeks before you travel," said the Public Health Agency of Canada in its latest travel update on the virus.

The agency warned that transmission of the virus has also spread to countries in Central and South America and the United States.

It also said several other countries have reported cases in individuals who have travelled to some of these affected areas.

The Pan American Health Organization PAHO), in its most recent update, says the number of new cases of the Chikungunya virus in the Caribbean increased by nearly 38,000 with the Dominican Republic having the most cases.

In total, the Caribbean countries have 4,135 suspected cases with 527 confirmed. PAHO said 35 of these cases were imported from another country.