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Three confirmed cases of Chikungunya virus in SVG

Three confirmed cases of Chikungunya virus in SVG


The Ministry of Health, wellness and the Environment yesterday confirmed that there were three persons infected with the Chikungunya virus here in St Vincent and the Grenadines.{{more}}

Health Minister Clayton Burgin announced that tests returned from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) corroborated suspicions, and three of four samples sent to them were positive for the disease, which is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito; the same that transmits Dengue.

Burgin indicated that the confirmed cases were recorded on the Grenadine island of Bequia and included two restaurant employees and one non-clinical staff at the island’s hospital.{{more}}

Two of the victims are female; ages 56 and 39, and the other a 36 year old male.

Health officials, speaking at the press conference stressed that the control of the disease is linked to the vector, and indicated that the necessary precautions are, and will continue to be taken from the ministry’s standpoint.

The officials urged Vincentians to take the necessary precautions to avoid the disease.

Chikungunya is characterized by an abrupt onset of fever, which is frequently accompanied by joint pain. Other common signs and symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.

Persons manifesting signs and symptoms of the virus are advised to contact their health care providers or to seek immediate medical attention.