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Chikungunya in the Caribbean/Americas (Update)

09 Jan 2015

The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing; WHO/PAHO has published further epidemiological data on countries reporting autochthonous transmission.

Non-Latin Caribbean

  • Sint Maarten, 470 confirmed cases.
  • Guyana, 76 confirmed cases.
  • British Virgin Islands, 20 confirmed cases.
  • US Virgin Islands, 1289 suspected cases, 259 confirmed.
  • UK Virgin Islands, 347 suspected cases, 47 confirmed cases.
  • Bahamas, 92 confirmed cases.
  • Barbados, 1553 suspected cases, 88 confirmed.
  • Curacao, 1838 suspected cases, 835 confirmed.
  • Dominica, 3588 suspected cases, 173 confirmed.
  • Anguilla, 31 suspected cases, 49 confirmed.
  • Antigua and Barbuda, 1414 suspected cases, 18 confirmed.
  • Aruba, 350 suspected cases, 66 confirmed.
  • Jamaica, 1370 suspected cases, 87 confirmed.
  • Montserrat, 59 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
  • St Kitts and Nevis, 432 suspected cases, 27 confirmed.
  • St Lucia, 678 suspected cases, 199 confirmed.
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines, 1219 suspected cases, 170 confirmed.
  • Suriname, 1210 confirmed cases.
  • Trinidad and Tobago, 177 confirmed cases.
  • Turks and Caicos, 19 confirmed cases.
  • Cayman Islands, 152 suspected cases, 41 confirmed.
  • Grenada, 3070 suspected cases, 26 confirmed.

Central America

  • Belize, 3 confirmed cases.
  • Costa Rica, 185 suspected cases, 13 confirmed.
  • El Salvador, 135 226 suspected cases, 157 confirmed.
  • Guatemala, 21 859 suspected cases, 198 confirmed.
  • Honduras, 4072 suspected cases, 9 confirmed.
  • Nicaragua, 1598 suspected cases, 1918 confirmed.
  • Panama, 22 confirmed cases.

Latin Caribbean

  • Dominican Republic, 524 297 suspected, 84 confirmed.
  • French Guiana, 9050 suspected, 5020 confirmed.
  • Guadeloupe, 81 200 suspected, 430 confirmed.
  • Haiti, 64 695 suspected, 14 confirmed.
  • Martinique, 72 200 suspected, 4164 confirmed.
  • Puerto Rico, 24 110 suspected cases, 3385 confirmed.
  • Saint Barthelemy (St Barts), 1393 suspected, 142 confirmed.
  • Saint Martin, 4830 suspected, 793 confirmed.

Andean Area

  • Colombia, 74 150 suspected cases, 416 confirmed.
  • Ecuador, 3 confirmed cases.
  • Venezuela, 34 642 reported cases, 2303 confirmed.

South America

  • Brazil, 792 suspected cases, 1303 confirmed.
  • Paraguay, one confirmed case.

North America

  • bermuda, 7 suspected cases, 3 confirmed.
  • United States of America, 11 confirmed cases.
  • Mexico, 131 confirmed cases.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.

Travellers intending to donate blood on their return from a chikungunya virus risk area may wish to speak with a blood transfusion advisor before attending to give blood. This is because visitors to chikungunya virus risk areas must wait 4 weeks after their return before donating. Additionally, if they have displayed any symptoms of chikungunya virus infection, they must wait 6 months before donating.