chikungunya

  • Photo of Traditional herbal remedies harnessed to treat chikungunya in Antigua

    Traditional herbal remedies harnessed to treat chikungunya in Antigua

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Tuesday March 31, 2015 – Last summer, 38-year-old Sira Berzas from Antigua and Barbuda was struck down with chikungunya, the mosquito-borne disease that has swept through the Caribbean infecting more than 800,000 people since it was first detected in the region in December 2013. The debilitating virus, which originated in Africa and derives its name from a word…

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  • Photo of Ministry Of Health Declares Chikungunya Epidemic Officially Over

    Ministry Of Health Declares Chikungunya Epidemic Officially Over

    A year after the first reported case of Chikungunya in January 2014 the Ministry of  Health and Environment has declared the Chikungunya epidemic officially over as of January 23rd 2015. In an interview with Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson on Thursday February 26th he explained that although the outbreak is over that does not mean that there are no cases on…

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  • Photo of Chikungunya thrives with climate variability in Caribbean

    Chikungunya thrives with climate variability in Caribbean

    Jenny had gone to bed feeling well, but an hour into her sleep she suddenly awoke with a “stiff, cramping pain” behind one knee. Within the next hour the pains had multiplied and both knees began to lock, followed by stiffened fingers and pains in her chest, along with a fever. Jenny Gittens, 61, described her experience with chikungunya over…

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  • Photo of 2014 a year of progress, challenges for PAHO

    2014 a year of progress, challenges for PAHO

    The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) says 2014 was marked by progress as well as significant challenges for public health in the Americas, including the Caribbean. In its end-of-year report, PAHO said the region's countries advanced toward goals, including universal health coverage, expanded access to vaccination, and ensuring that fewer babies are born with HIV. PAHO said the region also…

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  • Photo of Health officials investigating two suspected Chikungunya deaths

    Health officials investigating two suspected Chikungunya deaths

    KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Monday December 29, 2014, CMC – Health officials are investigating the deaths of two people to determine whether they were as a consequence of the mosquito-borne illness Chikungunya, which causes fever and severe joint pain, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Luis de Shong, said the two…

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  • Photo of Chikungunya vaccine successful in clinical trial

    Chikungunya vaccine successful in clinical trial

    VIENNA, Austria I November 23, 2014 I The Austrian biotech company Themis Bioscience GmbH in collaboration with  the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) have developed a prophylactic vaccine against chikungunya.The vaccine appears to be safe, and produced an immune response that researchers suspect would protect people against infection. The Vienna-based biotech company Themis Bioscience GmbH (‘Themis’) has received final results of…

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  • Photo of New strain of Chikungunya in Brazil could spur North American outbreak

    New strain of Chikungunya in Brazil could spur North American outbreak

    BAHIA, Brazil, Wednesday November 12, 2014 (AMG) — The Chikungunya outbreak which continues to affect thousands of Caribbean residents since it first appeared in St. Martin last year has been relatively self-limiting in the United States, due to the fact that the current strain only spreads through the Aedes egypti mosquito vector, which is uncommon on the US Eastern seaboard.…

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  • CARPHA Declares Chikungunya Control And Ebola Preparedness Top Public Health Priorities

    CARPHA declares chikungunya control and preparedness for Ebola virus disease top public health priorities for the Region at this time and they are currently receiving our greatest attention. The number of reported cases of chikungunya continues to increase, and provides a challenge to public health services.  CARPHA continues to provide laboratory testing for chikungunya in the English-speaking Caribbean. However, those…

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  • Photo of OECS Health Ministers say Chik-V and Ebola are urgent priorities

    OECS Health Ministers say Chik-V and Ebola are urgent priorities

    CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Monday October 20, 2014 – Health Ministers of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, OECS, have identified Chikungunya and Ebola as the most urgent public health priorities facing the region at this time. In a statement issued Monday by the St. Lucia-based OECS Commission, the Ministers said that given the actual and potential socio-economic impact of both…

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  • CARICOM Leading Charge against Chikungunya, Ebola Threat

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to be at the forefront of efforts to deal with the Chikungunya epidemic and the Ebola threat. CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque held discussions on the weekend with representatives of the governments of Brazil and Argentina on assistance for the Region, particularly in the fight against Chikungunya.  The discussions with the Brazil’s Vice-Minister for…

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