Chikungunya

US reports first locally acquired chikungunya cases

Florida health officials and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the nation's first locally acquired chikungunya cases, a notable development, but not a surprising one, given the rising number of infected travelers returning from the Caribbean outbreak region.
 
In a related development, Puerto Rico health officials declared a chikungunya epidemic, due to a rapidly rising number of cases there.
 
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Chikungunya continues to expand in Americas

Chikungunya is continuing to expand in the Caribbean and neighboring parts of the Americas, with media or government reports of the first associated cases in Mexico and Grenada, a suspected case in the Cayman Islands, and two locally acquired cases in Venezuela.
 
In Mexico, Spanish-language reports cited a case in a person who had traveled to Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean to attend sports events. The man's illness was diagnosed on Jun 20.
 
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Outremer : de nouvelles mesures contre l'épidémie de Chikungunya

Le gouvernement a annoncé ce dimanche une série de mesures de prévention ou de lutte contre la propagation de l'épidémie de Chikungunya qui touche les départements d'Outre-mer.
 
Les populations sont appelées à détruire les gîtes larvaires près des habitations en plus des opérations «coups de poing» menées par les autorités. 
 
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US chikungunya cases jump to 74 in 23 states

The chikungunya epidemic in the Caribbean is continuing to spill over into the United States, with federal and state officials reporting at least 74 cases in 23 states yesterday.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported 73 cases in 22 states, up from 57 cases in 13 states on Jun 17. In addition, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) reported the state's first case—which was not included in the CDC update—with test results awaited in nine more suspected cases.
 
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Caribbean chikungunya outbreak slows; total nears 190,000

Though the number of chikungunya cases in Caribbean countries continued to grow last week, topping 189,000 cases, the pace slowed as officials reported a steady trickle of imported cases in US residents who had traveled to affected areas.
 
The number of suspected or confirmed cases reached 189,055, reflecting 18,519 more cases than the previous week, according to a Jun 20 update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). That increase is slightly more than half of the 35,139 new cases reported in PAHO's Jun 13 update.
 
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Caribbean chikungunya cases top 170,000

The number of chikungunya cases in parts of the Caribbean continued to surge last week, pushing past 170,000 cases, with the first cases confirmed in El Salvador, west of the main outbreak area, and more imported cases detected in the United States and other countries.
 
The outbreak has grown to 170,566 suspected or confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease, which is 35,139 higher than the 135,427 cases reported the previous week, according to a Jun 13 report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The number of deaths remained the same, at 14.
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Tests of new chikungunya fever vaccine successful

Vienna-based biotech company Themis Bioscience GmbH announced successful results on Thursday of its chikungunya fever prophylactic vaccine.
 
The Themaxyn study was performed on 42 patients at the Vienna General Hospital. The vaccine produced an immune response in the form of antibodies, even in lower doses, and proved to be well tolerated and safe.
 
“The confirmed tolerance, safety and immune response show the suitability of our Themaxyn platform,” Erich Tauber, the founder and CEO of Themis, said. 
 
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