Via CIDRAP: News Scan for Dec 14, 2015: Acute gastroentritis in the US; More chikungunya cases; Ebola and bleeding. Excerpt and then a comment:
Cases of chikungunya in the Americas and Caribbean rose by only 1,432 last week, bringing the outbreak total to 1,789,490, according to a Dec 11 Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) update.
The agency's previous two updates included 2,556 and 17,398 new cases, respectively, with the latter update including 2 weeks' worth of data. The new infections bring the total this year to 642,721 suspected and confirmed cases. No new deaths were reported, keeping that total at 77.
The vast majority of new cases were reported by Colombia, which often has had the most weekly cases this year. It had 1,049 new cases, to bring its 2015 total to 355,347 cases. Mexico was second with 290 new cases and 11,070 for the year. Many countries, however, have not supplied a chikungunya update to PAHO for weeks.
The epidemic began in December 2013 with the first locally acquired chikungunya case ever reported in the Americas, on St. Martin in the Caribbean.
No update for weeks? Haiti stopped reporting sometime in March 2014, and even those ancient fragmentary reports have vanished from PAHO's current reports. That's one reason why I don't bother checking PAHO on chikungunya, or cholera, or anything else.