What You Need to Know About the Mosquito-Borne Disease Ravaging the Caribbean : It has also been reported in Venezuela & Florida.

What You Need to Know About the Mosquito-Borne Disease Ravaging the Caribbean : It has also been reported in Venezuela & Florida.

Chik-V & West Nile

Chik-V & West Nile

Laura Begley Bloom via Yahoo Health

If you’re traveling to the Caribbean anytime soon, bring the DEET. Chikungunya, a virulent mosquito-borne illness with no known cure is sweeping the islands. The disease is similar to dengue and causes extreme muscle pain that can last months or even years; it has been fatal in rare cases.

Historically, chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-GUN-ya), which was first discovered in Tanzania in 1952, has been more prevalent in Africa and Asia. Saint Martin was the first location in the Western Hemisphere to report cases of the disease in December 2013. In recent months it has spread across the region, with over 10,000 cases on islands like Guadeloupe and Martinique. Even tony Saint Bart’s hasn’t been spared. There have also been isolated cases as far away as Florida and Venezuela.

“It’s been absolutely blowing up recently,” Chris Pardee, the manager of health intelligence for iJET International told Yahoo Travel. The disease even has a nickname throughout the islands: Chik-V.

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