Chikungunya likely to become endemic to the Caribbean - CARPHA

Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency

A regional health official has served notice that the Chikungunya virus is likely to become endemic to the Caribbean.

Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director of  the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) raised the issue during his participation in a public forum on Ebola and Chikungunya in Kingston on Tuesday.

"Like Dengue it (Chikungunya) will be with us for years to come, and there's a lot more pain and misery associated with this one than Dengue," he said.

He added that the virus has not reached its peak and continues to be under-reported. 


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