ECDC has published Epidemiological update: autochthonous cases of chikungunya fever in the Caribbean region and South America. Click through for the full update and links. Excerpt:
An outbreak of chikungunya in the Caribbean region was reported from the French part of the island of Saint Martin on 6 December 2013. It is the first time that autochthonous transmission of the virus has been documented in the Americas.
An ECDC risk assessment of the outbreak published on 12 December 2013 concluded that the risk of the disease spreading to other islands in the Caribbean region was high. Since then, autochthonous transmission of chikungunya has been reported from several islands in the Caribbean and recently for the first time in South America (French Guiana).
As of 21 February 2014, more than 5 900 suspected cases have been reported in the following locations:
• Saint Martin (FR): 1 780 suspect cases
• Sint Maarten (NL): 65 confirmed cases
• Saint Barthélemy: 350 suspect cases
• Martinique: 3 030 suspect cases
• Guadeloupe: 1 380 suspect cases
• British Virgin Islands, Jost Van Dyke islands: 5 confirmed cases;
• Dominica: 45 confirmed cases including one imported case
• Anguilla: 5 confirmed cases including one imported case;
• Island Aruba: one confirmed imported case
• Saint Kitts & Nevis: one confirmed case
• French Guiana: 7 confirmed/probable cases including 2 autochthonous cases and 5 imported cases.
This overview indicates that the chikungunya outbreak in the Caribbean is still ongoing and reaching now South America.