Via the Jamaica Observer: Dominica records first case of chikungunya. Excerpt:
Dominica has recorded its first case of the chikungunya virus but health officials say there is no cause for alarm.
“We can confirm that we have the first local case of chikungunya in Dominica,(but) there is no need for any alarm at this time,” said Chief Medical Officer of Dominica Dr David Johnson, adding that it was ”very important for us we want to establish if there are any other cases in Dominica”.
Earlier this week the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) said it is working closely with the French and Dutch authorities after the region recorded its first ever case of chikungunya.
Late last month, CARPHA said it had received notification of 10 confirmed cases of locally acquired chikungunya virus infection on the French side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.
Chikungunya is a viral disease, carried mainly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and causes a dengue-like sickness.
Meanwhile, France-Antilles.fr reports Guadeloupe has suffered its first chikungunya death.