Con­firmed cases of chikun­gunya soar

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

SAO PAULO (AP): RAZIL’S HEALTH Min­istry said that cases of chikun­gunya are soar­ing this year in Latin Amer­ica’s big­gest coun­try. The min­istry said yes­ter­day that there have

Bbeen 134,910 con­firmed cases of the mosquito­borne dis­ease so far in 2016. Last year the to­tal was 8,528. Chikun­gunya is a vi­ral dis­ease spread by the Aedes ae­gypti mos­quito, which also trans­mits the Zika virus and dengue fever. Peo­ple in­fected with the chikun­gunya ex­pe­ri­ence fa­tigue, nau­sea, high fever and joint pain or swelling.

Ex­perts have linked the Zika virus to mi­cro­cephaly, a rare de­fect that can cause ba­bies to have smaller-than-nor­mal heads and im­prop­erly de­vel­oped brains.

The min­istry said that more than 2,159 cases of mi­cro­cephaly have been con­firmed in Brazil since Oc­to­ber 2015.

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