Via Nouvelliste Online in Haiti: After the Caribbean, the chikungunya virus is spreading in America. Excerpt from the Google translation:
After the Caribbean, already affected Central America is trying to stem the inexorable advance of an outbreak of chikungunya. Rarely fatal, the virus causes very painful symptoms, often similar to those of dengue fever, widespread condition in the region.
Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and arthralgia (joint pain) and severe headache, nausea or fatigue such access.
"We are facing a new disease in the country, but we do to combat it," he assured Violeta Menjivar, the Minister of Health of El Salvador, where 1,200 cases were identified, without that we know when and how disease entered the country.
In Panama, two cases were detected. In Cuba, authorities reported six cases, people who have traveled to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In this country, thousands of cases of fever suspects have been reported in recent months.
But only about 4,500 have been confirmed in the area by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO had reported in December 2013 the appearance of the virus in the Caribbean. Early June, sixteen countries were affected, reports the official Cuban newspaper "Granma".
Region on alert
The appearance of the virus in El Salvador and Panama, two countries that are not contiguous, has alerted their neighbors, while just starting the rainy season, favorable for breeding of mosquitoes that transmit the disease. Systematic fumigations have also been implemented in some areas of El Salvador.
In Costa Rica, the government has admitted that it would be impossible to prevent the arrival of the virus, despite reinforcement of border controls to try to detect infected people.
"We can not prevent chikungunya virus arrives, the evil will enter Costa Rica. It is impossible to put a mosquito net over the whole country, there is a lot of traveling between Costa Rica and the Caribbean," said the Dr. Roberto Castro, the center of vigilance of the Ministry of Health.
Same resignation in Nicaragua, where Dr. Carlos Saenz, director of epidemiology center, warned that the epidemic could spread to the entire population.