Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fuad: As many as 80 infected with Chikungunya

THERE may be as many as 80 people in this country currently infected with the Chikungunya virus, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan said yesterday.

Khan made the statement during yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair.


“The last time I checked, (Wednesday) we had approximately 22 confirmed cases and 60 something suspected cases,” Khan said yesterday.


Khan said the figure was expected based on the size of this country’s population.


“It is in keeping with what we expect based on the population size,” Khan said.


He however called on citizens to be responsible and help stop the spread of the virus.


“Once again I will reiterate that Chikungunya can only develop if the breeding grounds are not removed and I have asked the population to deal with the breeding grounds around their house and close by areas,” he said.


Last month the country recorded it’s first confirmed case of the mosquito-borne disease.

Outbreaks of the virus have been experienced for years in Africa and Asia.


It came to the Caribbean last December.