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'Chikungunya virus a regional epidemic'

Published:Friday | May 2, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Head of the Caribbean Public Health Authority, Dr James Hospedales, has declared that the Chikungunya virus has reached epidemic proportions in the Caribbean.

The mosquito-borne illness was first detected in the Caribbean in December 2013, in St Martin, and last week Antigua and St Vincent and the Grenadines became the latest countries to declare an outbreak.

According to Dr Hospedales, as of April 28, there were 4,008 probable cases in 14 countries across the region.

He also stated that Caribbean countries have been putting measures in place to address the spread of the virus.


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