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Chikungunya virus spreading in South America

Chikungunya, a virus known for decades in parts of Africa and Asia, is sweeping across the Caribbean, Central and South America. According to the Pan American Health Organization, there have been 118 confirmed deaths to the disease and an estimated 700,000 people who are suspected of being infected with illness. CCTV America’s Michelle Begue reports. … Continue reading Chikungunya virus spreading in South America

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Additional funds released in Jamaica to fight Chikungunya outbreak

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has announced the release of additional funds to tackle the outbreak of the Chikungunya Virus. At a press conference on Thursday, Simpson Miller revealed that the Government has approved a further J$350 million to provide resources. She noted that although more money will be allocated, this will … Continue reading Additional funds released in Jamaica to fight Chikungunya outbreak

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Jamaica’s Health Minister Fenton Ferguson bashes Opposition over chikungunya claims

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Health Minister Fenton Ferguson has rebuked political opponents for what he says are attempts to create panic with alarmist pronouncements about the chikungunya virus. "I see the last couple of days that there are elements within the Opposition, and more so elements in opposition in eastern Jamaica, trying to use … Continue reading Jamaica’s Health Minister Fenton Ferguson bashes Opposition over chikungunya claims

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PAHO warns of heightened chikungunya, dengue threats | CIDRAP

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) yesterday urged its member countries that have mosquitoes that transmit dengue and chikungunya viruses to step up their vector control programs in advance of a possible increase in infections. The recommendation from PAHO, the World Health Organization's office in the region, comes in advance of the peak transmission season … Continue reading PAHO warns of heightened chikungunya, dengue threats | CIDRAP

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Haiti gets 6 million kits to treat mosquito-borne chikungunya virus | CTV News

The Associated Press Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014 2:53PM EDT PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haiti has received a large shipment of treatment packets to help it deal with an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya amid a rainy season expected to result in a surge of new cases in the country, officials said Wednesday. … Continue reading Haiti gets 6 million kits to treat mosquito-borne chikungunya virus | CTV News

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41 suspected cases of chikungunya in St Ann – Latest News – JamaicaObserver.com

ST ANN, Jamaica -- As of September 6 St Ann has had 41 suspected cases of Chikungunya, Dr Francine Phillips Kelly, acting Chief Medical Officer for St Ann told the St Ann Parish Council on Thursday. “The cases are coming in fast and furious,” Dr Phillips Kelly said. She explained that there is a cause … Continue reading 41 suspected cases of chikungunya in St Ann – Latest News – JamaicaObserver.com

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Chikungunya cases being under reported in Jamaica, says Baugh

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Kenneth Baugh says that the relevant authorities including the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the Ministry of Health are not taking the growing outbreak of Chikungunya seriously.According to Dr Baugh, the number of cases being quoted by the Health Ministry are not credible.“Many more people … Continue reading Chikungunya cases being under reported in Jamaica, says Baugh

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Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

Reblogged Scientists have taken the first steps to developing a vaccine for chikungunya — an emerging mosquito-borne virus that has infected more than a half million people in the Western Hemisphere this year. About 600 Americans have brought the virus to 43 states. The study was small. Only 25 people were given the experimental vaccine. … Continue reading Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test