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Chikungunya in the Caribbean/Americas (Update)

30 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

  • Anguilla, 67 suspected cases, 52 confirmed.
  • Antigua and Barbuda, 1442 suspected cases, 18 confirmed.
  • Aruba, 928 suspected cases, 427 confirmed.
  • Bahamas, 99 confirmed cases.
  • Barbados, 1897 suspected cases, 122 confirmed.
  • Cayman Islands, 223 suspected cases, 44 confirmed.
  • Curacao, 1838 suspected cases, 835 confirmed.
  • Dominica, 3598 suspected cases, 173 confirmed.
  • Grenada, 3070 suspected cases, 26 confirmed.
  • Guyana, 5310 suspected cases, 105 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.
  • Sint Maarten, 470 confirmed cases.
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines, 1223 suspected cases, 175 confirmed.
  • Suriname, 1210 confirmed cases.
  • Trinidad and Tobago, 303 confirmed cases.
  • Turks and Caicos, 19 confirmed cases.
  • UK Virgin Islands, 347 suspected cases, 47 confirmed cases.
  • US Virgin Islands, 1541 suspected cases, 376 confirmed.

Central America

  • Belize, 3 confirmed cases.
  • Costa Rica, 243 confirmed.
  • El Salvador, 144 335 suspected cases, 157 confirmed.
  • Guatemala, 27 343 suspected cases, 198 confirmed.
  • Honduras, 18 154 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
  • Nicaragua, 19 554 suspected cases, 4153 confirmed.
  • Panama, 22 confirmed cases.

Latin Caribbean

  • Dominican Republic, 539 138 suspected, 84 confirmed.
  • French Guiana, 13 770 suspected, 6774 confirmed.
  • Guadeloupe, 81 350 suspected, 430 confirmed.
  • Haiti, 64 695 suspected, 14 confirmed.
  • Martinique, 72 520 suspected, 1515 confirmed.
  • Puerto Rico, 26 982 suspected cases, 4332 confirmed.
  • Saint Barthelemy (St Barts), 1710 suspected, 142 confirmed.
  • Saint Martin, 5320 suspected, 793 confirmed.

Andean Area

  • Bolivia, 143 suspected cases, 341 confirmed.
  • Colombia, 231 392 suspected cases, 1528 confirmed.
  • Ecuador, 213 confirmed cases.
  • Venezuela, 34 642 reported cases, 2303 confirmed.

South America

  • Brazil, 5211 suspected cases, 144 confirmed.
  • Paraguay, 134 suspected cases, 170 confirmed.

North America

  • United States of America, 11 confirmed cases.
  • Mexico, 458 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.