Thanks to Greg Folkers for tweeting the link to this January 13 report in The BVI Beacon: Chikungunya virus hits JVD. Excerpt:
The Virgin Islands has joined the short list of Caribbean islands with confirmed cases of a mosquito-borne virus that is new to this hemisphere, government announced Monday.
Three Jost Van Dyke residents have been diagnosed with chikungunya, which is rarely fatal but causes similar symptoms as dengue, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Development.
“It is important to note that these confirmed cases were not exposed to travel, which alerts us that the virus is already in our mosquito population,” said Dr. Ronald Georges, a medical officer in the ministry.
So far, there have been nearly 130 cases of the virus recorded in the Caribbean since it was first detected in St. Martin in December. The French side of that island has confirmed 98 cases, while the neighbouring Dutch side has recorded one.
Nearby Martinique has recorded 13 cases, Guadeloupe three, and St. Barthelemy seven, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.