Published On: Thu, Feb 20th, 2014

St. Kitts man first confirmed chikungunya case on the SKN islands

Chikungunya, the mosquito borne viral disease that is spreading throughout the Caribbean, has now been confirmed in St. Kitts and Nevis, according to a WINN FM news report today.

St. Kitts and Nevis map Image/CIA

St. Kitts and Nevis map

A statement from the Ministry of Health Thursday morning indicated that the 30 year old male resident of St. Kitts was hospitalized and discharged without complications two weeks ago, the report notes.

Confirmation testing was done by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

According to CARPHA, as of Feb. 17, there were approximately 2,000 chikungunya cases reported in the Caribbean with another 5,000 or so suspected cases.

According to the World Health Organization, Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease first described during an outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952.  The name ‘chikungunya’ derives from a root verb in the Kimakonde language, meaning “to become contorted” and describes the stooped appearance of sufferers with joint pain.

Chikungunya is characterized by an abrupt onset of fever frequently accompanied by joint pain. Other common signs and symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. The joint pain is often very debilitating, but usually ends within a few days or weeks.

Most patients recover fully, but in some cases joint pain may persist for several months, or even years. Occasional cases of eye, neurological and heart complications have been reported, as well as gastrointestinal complaints.

There is no treatment for chikungunya and no preventive vaccine for the viral disease. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.

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  1. Chikungunya outbreak grows by another 300 cases, first cases reported in South America - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] French Guyana reported two autochthonous cases. These cases are the first autochthonous chikungunya cases in mainland South America. St. Kitts and Nevis reported the first confirmed case. […]

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