Chikungunya_Disease_1The Ministry of Health announced today that they will be holding a press conference on Thursday regarding the emerging threat of Chikungunya disease, which is now quickly spreading throughout the Caribbean.

 

Reports show that the virus has recently spread to 17 countries in the Caribbean, including Haiti and Cuba, where the number of chikungunya cases now tops 189,000, according to the Pan American Health Organization. And as of last week, 80 cases of chikungunya have been reported in 13 U.S. states.

 

In Haiti, some 40,000 people have been infected with chikungunya. While chikungunya isn’t considered as deadly as malaria or dengue fever, it can still be fatal in about 1 in 1,000 cases -- mostly in the very young and the very old. Here in the country of Belize there are no reports of any possible cases, so far. The chikungunya virus is a mosquito-borne illness that causes high fevers and sometimes intense pain.

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