Canada issues health travel notice to the Caribbean
Canada has issued a public health notice to its citizens travelling to the Caribbean in the wake of an outbreak of the Chikungunya virus.
The Pan-American Health Organization said Chikungunya is a viral disease that is spread by mosquitoes and causes fever and severe joint pain.
Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash
According to Canada’s Public Health Agency there have been confirmed cases of Chikungunya on the Caribbean islands of St Maarten, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Barthélemy and the British Virgin Islands.
The Canadian health agency said these cases mark the first time that locally acquired transmission of the virus has been detected in the region of the Americas.
It also said the French Guiana has reported cases of the virus linked to travel within the Caribbean.
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