Thanks to Krisztian Magori (the go-to guy for insect-bite diseases) for tweeting the link to this report from FranceAntilles.fr: An inevitable epidemic that must be mastered. Excerpt from a Google translation:
Fifty cases confirmed in 8 municipalities. The virus spreading. Citizens and communities are called to firmly combat mosquitoes.
The enemy is only a few millimeters but it can overwhelm a population in a few weeks and lasting tire. The authorities hammer: "We must protect themselves from mosquitoes and destroying their houses!"
Yesterday, at the Prefecture, a large meeting was held, particularly to communities.
The situation is worrying fifty cases of chikungunya are now confirmed and 8 common concern of Martinique.
More than half of these are located in Fort-de-France, particularly in the districts of Coridon / Redoute.
It is therefore urgent to block mosquito vectors of this virus, Aedes aegypti of which species are also carrying dengue.
"The question is not whether there will be an epidemic but when does it take place and what will be its dimension," commented Christian Ursulet, the Director General of the ARS. "To avoid the epidemic is massive, punitive and scope, there are three ways to act: a collective struggle, a struggle led to the destruction of houses and not just spray products and a prolonged struggle."
Meanwhile, ECDC has just posted a new epidemiological update on Chukungunya in the Caribbean.