Living With Chikungunya

Mosquito Bite

Mosquito Bite

Chikungunya is on the move again. In 2013-14, Chikungunya became widespread in the Caribbean. In 2015, it is rapidly spreading among the Pacific Island nations. Chikungunya is now in 11 of 22 Pacific Island countries and territories. The CDC is listing advisories to travelers. For a long time Chikungunya was confined to Africa. Now it has broken through barriers to its spread. Efforts to stop the spread have not worked. It is likely to spread to all countries that have competent mosquito vectors. In the South Pacific, over 100,000 people have been affected including 50,000 to 60,000 in French Polynesia, over ten thousand cases in Tonga, and 10,000 to 20,000 cases among American Samoa and Samoa and Tokelau and 15,000 cases in Papua New Guinea, where the first major outbreak started in the region. Chikungunya is a painful and debilitating disease. The good news? Few deaths have been reported.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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