Chikungunya Outbreak Claims Quarter-Million Victims in Americas – Atlanta Blackstar

A quarter of a million cases of  chikungunya virus have been diagnosed in the Western Hemisphere since 2013. This mosquito-born agent is typically found in African and Asian countries, but as of late last year the virus made its first appearance in the Americas.  It has been spreading rapidly throughout the Caribbean and even Central and South America.Chikungunya, according to the World Health Organization, is a viral infection that causes fever and joint pain. The word comes from the Kimakonde language, meaning “to become contorted,” and describes the stooped appearance of sufferers with joint pain arthralgia. The virus is spread by two mosquitoes, aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus — both also transmit dengue fever.As of June 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports local transmission in 22 countries or territories in the Caribbean, Central America, or South America; and a total of 259,723 suspected and 4,721 laboratory-confirmed chikungunya cases reported from these areas. via – Atlanta Blackstar


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