Published On: Fri, Jun 27th, 2014

Chikungunya in the Caribbean: ‘Locally acquired’ cases top 260,000, more than half from Dominican Republic

The number of autochthonous chikungunya cases in the Caribbean shot up by a whopping 70,000 as the total cases recorded in Central America, the Latin Caribbean and non-Latin Caribbean now exceeds 260,000, according to a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) update today

The Dominican Republic, who accounted for 47 percent of cases in the region last week, shot up by some 46,000 cases in a week to bring the island’s tally to nearly 136,000 cases, or well more than half of the region’s total.

The totals for Haiti in the PAHO report, now jibe with the Haiti Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) data at nearly 40,000 cases. The Central America Isthmus is the new addition to the report as El Salvador has now added 1,300 cases to the tally.

Five cases have been confirmed on the island of  Carriacou, part of Grenada’s authority.  For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

Concerning the “imported” cases reported in the Americas, Mexico confirmed its first case, while a dozen new cases were reported in Venezuela, Peru and Brazil in South America.




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