Chikungunya Cases In St. Vincent and the Grenadines

There are now 369 confirmed cases of the Chikungunya virus in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

That’s according to the Chairman of the National Surveillance Committee in the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment, Dr. Rosmond Adams.

Dr. Adams said most of the cases are confined to the grenadine island of Bequia.

He said the Ministry of Health is continuing its vector-control activities to reduce the population of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus, and health-promotion activities are also ongoing.

Dr. Adams said a tremendous amount of work has already been done in relation to vector control, and health officials are already seeing a significant improvement in relation to a reduction in the number of breeding sides around households.

Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by the Aedes Aegypti Mosquito. It causes fever, severe joint pain, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.