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First chik-V case confirmed

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HAMILTON, CMC: Bermuda has recorded its first case of chikungunya, but the Department of Health says the virus has not spread locally.

A spokeswoman said the patient diagnosed with the virus was previously a suspected case and received instruction on avoiding mosquito bites to prevent local spread of the illness.

"Additionally, a referral was sent to (officers) to increase surveillance and put in place control measures in the area," the spokeswoman said.

To date, no local spread of the virus has been reported in the Bermuda, though imported cases make local spread possible because the mosquitoes that can transmit the virus are found in Bermuda.

"With frequent travel between Bermuda and affected areas in the Caribbean, the Department of Health continues to work with health-care providers and other regional public health partners to monitor possible imported cases.

"The Department of Health wishes to take this opportunity to remind the public that the chikungunya outbreak continues to affect the Caribbean and reiterates the need to reduce mosquitoes locally.