Via WINN FM 98.9: Hundreds Of Suspected Chikungunya Cases In St. Kitts And Nevis, Says CMO. Excerpt:
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The number is in the hundreds, in terms of cases of Chikungunya in St Kitts and Nevis, according to Chief Medical Officer, Patrick Martin.
"We’re up to about thirty confirmed cases up to about a week ago, but there are more suspect cases, or cases that are clinically confirmed," Dr. Martin said Monday, in giving an update on the situation in the Federation.
"We don't have to do blood tests on everybody. Blood tests are being reserved now for persons who may have a presentation that is unusual or unexpected. If a person heaven forbid, requires intensive care, well then you test. But ordinarily right now we're not testing everybody anymore...just like throughout the Caribbean, the number is in the hundreds basically," Dr. Martin said.
Close to twenty countries in the region have been affected by the mosquito-borne disease.
Some of those affected by Chikungunya describe it as a very painful experience.
One person told WINN FM that she experienced severe joint pain, could not move her hands or legs, and could not even pick up her phone to answer it.
The CMO says he expects Chikungunya to be around for a while yet.