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Chikungunya Virus Spreading Quickly in Haiti

The mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus, which has been spreading across the Caribbean in recent months but only reached Haiti last week, is now spreading like wildfire across the island nation. There is currently no vaccine or cure but there are treatments to relieve the symptoms. The CDC recommends taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Haiti Chikungunya Outbreak Spikes To Over 1,500 Cases Robert Herriman, The Global Dispatch May 13, 2014 In a follow up to a report Saturday where it was asked, “How bad is it in Haiti?” concerning chikungunya, we are starting to see how quickly the mosquito borne virus is spreading on the island nation. According to Ronald Singer, a spokesman for Haiti’s health ministry, at least 1,529 cases of the chikungunya virus have been confirmed. Of these, about 900 of them, were found in the west department, where the capital of Port-au-Prince is located. Another […]

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