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No chikungunya in Barbados

Barbados is still free of the chikungunya disease.

This comes as the Ministry of Health today

reported that it is continuing to monitor the

outbreak of the Aedes aegypti  mosquito-borne

disease in other French regional territories and

Dutch St Maarten.

New cases have also been detected in one of the

British Virgin Islands; however, no cases have been

detected in Barbados to date, the ministry said.

The World Health Organization reported that

between December 6 and December 31, 2013,

transmission of the chikungunya virus had been

documented in five French overseas territories.

Chikungunya, a virus similar to dengue, is

transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, as well

as the Aedes albopictus mosquito. The symptoms

are similar to dengue fever and may include a sudden

high fever, headache, rash, nausea and muscle pain.

However, stiffness and severe joint pain, especially

in the wrists, knuckles or ankles, are more often

associated with chikungunya. Fever may last from a

few days to a few weeks and some infected patients

have reported debilitating arthritic pain persisting for

weeks or months. Severe forms of the disease do not

frequently occur.

There is no vaccine for chikungunya. Treatment

is symptomatic and may include rest, fluids, and

medication for fever and pain. However, aspirin

should be avoided.

The Ministry of Health reported it would continue

to conduct epidemiological surveillance to collect

and analyse data from the various public healthcare

facilities on a weekly basis. It will also carry out

training to update healthcare workers on the

implementation of the Preparedness and Response

Plan for the chikungunya virus.

Members of the public are advised to continue

to search out and destroy mosquitoes on their

properties to prevent the spread of vector borne

diseases. Individuals may be guided by a checklist

on the prevention of dengue, which has been mailed

to households.

This checklist may be downloaded from the

Ministry’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.

com/moh.barbados. (LB/BGIS)

2 Responses to No chikungunya in Barbados

  1. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews January 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    pray a tourist does not bring it in or a Bajan that went don’t bring it back .

  2. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria January 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    bite my tongue just now trying to pronounce that….


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