Via HaitiLibre.com: Health : Chikungunya 14 cases confirmed in the country. Excerpt:
Tuesday, Dr. Florence Guillaume Duperval, the Minister of Public Health and Population (MSPP) has confirmed at a press conference, after analysis by the laboratory Carfa of Trinidad and Tobago, of 17 mosquito specimens collected in Haiti, 14 were positive to chikungunya.
The Minister urged people to be cautious to prevent the disease which is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito. She urged the people to eliminate stagnant water and any element conducive to incubating larvae of this mosquito.
"These are the same practices to prevent malaria and dengue fever, it it is necessary to destroy all mosquito breeding sites in their immediate environment and also sleep under a mosquito net," advising people to use, among other smoke eucalyptus to repel mosquitoes.
Dr Marie Guirlène Raymond Charite, Director General of the Ministry informed that a response plan would be developed by the Ministry to control the disease, plan that consists in destroying the place where live and adult mosquitoes by fumigation and make awareness campaigns and communication with the populations.
Remember that this disease is present in several Caribbean countries [including the Dominican Republic] and the Caribbean. To date, Haiti, more than 60 suspects have been identified, mostly in the West Department..