The first case of infection with the chikungunya virus in Aruba is confirmed. "This is an imported case and therefore not a local outbreak," stresses Eugene Maduro Department of Public Health during a morning briefing organized.
"This is a person who came back from vacation in St Maarten," said Maduro. "On St. Maarten he was already suffering from symptoms, but once in Aruba, he was really sick." Amigoe published on January 23, a report on three suspected cases of chikungunya. All three had recently returned from a stay on St. Maarten.
For every person who signs showed blood research was sent to a specialized laboratory in the Netherlands. In the meantime, they were asked to isolate much as possible. Their habitat was cleaned by Yellow Fever and Mosquito Control (GKM). "The person makes to my knowledge well, but how exactly his situation only know his family doctor. To my knowledge he is going. "
Chikungunya has now hit a fatality, but according to Maduro, this virus is less deadly than the comparable dengue virus. "There is indeed someone in St. Maarten deceased who was infected with the virus, but the virus was not the only cause of death. The victim had been ill and the infection was the proverbial last straw. "
Maduro stressed that infection with dengue virus can be deadly. After twice "This is not the case with chikungunya, chikungunya particularly affects the joints. The risk is that joint pains like arthritis remain longer.