Last Friday, PAHO reported 193,395 cases, so this Prensa Latina story is a shock just five days later: Almost 252,000 cases of Chikungunya reported in Dominican Republic. Excerpt:
A total of 251,880 people are affected with the Chikungunya fever in Dominican Republic, revealed the latest report by the Health Minister of this Caribbean country.
The number includes 33,491 new cases in relation to the report from last week, while the incidence climbs to 2,427 every 100,000 inhabitants.
The virus, confirmed by the health authorities since last April, remains active in the National District and 19 of the 31 provinces. San Juan (5,548), La Vega (2,988) and San Cristobal (2,905) are the most affected territories.
Considering the magnitude of the problem, health authorities call to hygiene actions and to eliminate in homes and communities Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes breeding sites.
Last week PAHO said Haiti, as of week 26, had 51,830 "suspected" chikungunya cases. I think we can safely assume that estimate is at least an order of magnitude too low.