Via Kaieteur News: Chikungunya virus hits Georgetown. Excerpt:
After weeks of battling to contain it to sections of Berbice, Guyana has recorded its first case of the Chikungunya virus in the capital city. This publication has been reliably informed that the mosquito-borne virus, which was first detected in Canje, Berbice, has made its way to West Ruimveldt, Georgetown.
The infected victim, this publication understands is a 28-year-old male who was found to be exhibiting symptoms of the virus. Suspecting that the young man had contracted the virus, local health officials made the informed decision of sending a sample of his blood to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Laboratory in Trinidad for testing.
CARPHA, this publication understands, was able to confirm that the virus had infiltrated the young man’s system.
The young man is at home battling his symptoms with keen attention and support from health officials.
This publication however understands that the Health Ministry is not yet in receipt of the confirmatory results from the Trinidad based laboratory.
The first two cases of the virus were confirmed a few weeks ago, and soon after 12 more suspected cases were validated by CARPHA. All of the cases were found in sections of Berbice, Region Six.