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Chikungunya in the Caribbean/Americas (Update)

02 Mar 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, 5310 suspected cases, 105 confirmed.
  • US Virgin Islands, 1625 suspected cases, 279 confirmed.
  • UK Virgin Islands, 347 suspected cases, 47 confirmed cases.
  • Bahamas, 99 confirmed cases.
  • Barbados, 1742 suspected cases, 122 confirmed.
  • Curacao, 1838 suspected cases, 835 confirmed.
  • Dominica, 3598 suspected cases, 173 confirmed.
  • Anguilla, 64 suspected cases, 52 confirmed.
  • Antigua and Barbuda, 1440 suspected cases, 18 confirmed.
  • Aruba, 928 suspected cases, 427 confirmed.
  • Jamaica, 1669 suspected cases, 87 confirmed.
  • Montserrat, 117 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
  • St Kitts and Nevis, 627 suspected cases, 28 confirmed.
  • St Lucia, 645 suspected cases, 238 confirmed.
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines, 1245 suspected cases, 173 confirmed.
  • Suriname, 1210 confirmed cases.
  • Trinidad and Tobago, 303 confirmed cases.
  • Turks and Caicos, 19 confirmed cases.
  • Cayman Islands, 223 suspected cases, 44 confirmed.
  • Grenada, 3070 suspected cases, 26 confirmed.

Central America

  • Belize, 3 confirmed cases.
  • Costa Rica, 227 confirmed.
  • El Salvador, 143 015 suspected cases, 198 confirmed.
  • Guatemala, 27 343 suspected cases, 198 confirmed.
  • Honduras, 6894 suspected cases, 9 confirmed.
  • Nicaragua, 2727 suspected cases, 1918 confirmed.
  • Panama, 22 confirmed cases.

Latin Caribbean

  • Dominican Republic, 539 099 suspected, 84 confirmed.
  • French Guiana, 12 957 suspected, 6191 confirmed.
  • Guadeloupe, 81 200 suspected, 430 confirmed.
  • Haiti, 64 695 suspected, 14 confirmed.
  • Martinique, 72 200 suspected, 1515 confirmed.
  • Puerto Rico, 26 393 suspected cases, 4323 confirmed.
  • Saint Barthelemy (St Barts), 1690 suspected, 142 confirmed.
  • Saint Martin, 5280 suspected, 793 confirmed.

Andean Area

  • Bolivia, 29 confirmed cases.
  • Colombia, 175 870 suspected cases, 1317 confirmed.
  • Ecuador, 66 confirmed cases.
  • Venezuela, 34 642 reported cases, 2303 confirmed.

South America

  • Brazil, 3867 suspected cases, 149 confirmed.
  • Paraguay, 58 suspected cases, 71 confirmed.

North America

  • United States of America, 11 confirmed cases.
  • Mexico, 241 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.