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Chikungunya virus confirmed in Antigua

By: Marion V. Ali

Antigua has reported its first case of Chikungunya, an Aedes aegypti mosquito-borne disease that causes a dengue-like sickness. On Friday Antigua and Barbuda health officials revealed that the first patient is a man in his mid 60’s.

Dr. Orita Zachariah, the Antiguan Medical Officer of Health, said that the case was detected on April 22 and the patient works in the capital, St. John’s.

The health authorities say they are also awaiting test results from the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) of four other suspected cases.

The report came less than 24 hours after Saint Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed that they have an outbreak of the virus.

Chikungunya includes symptoms such as a sudden high fever, headache, nausea, rashes, and severe pain in the wrists, ankles or knuckles and muscles . The symptoms appear between four to seven days after an infected mosquito bites the patient.

While severe cases of the disease require hospitalization, it is not thought to be a deadly virus.

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