Date: Tue 24 Dec 2013
Source: DOMactu [in French, trans. machine & Mod.TY, summ. & edited]
The national reference centre of Marseille has confirmed the 1st indigenous case of chikungunya in Guadeloupe. This is a child, treated by his doctor, and, as of today [24 Dec 2013], he no longer has any clinical signs.
The Agency for Health Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy, and Cire Antilles Guyane (Institut National de Veille Sanitaire - French Institute for Public Health Surveillance) reinforced entomological and epidemiological surveillance and vector control around the case [location].
A communication campaign in the written press has already been launched and will be enhanced by a wide dissemination of radio spots, posters and flyers.
This campaign is a continuation of the measures taken on Saint Martin after the occurrence of the 1st cases on 6 Dec . [Byline: Karen Bourgeois]
Superior Health Council
[Chikungunya virus continues to spread in the Caribbean. The abundance of the mosquito vector, _Aedes aegypti_ and inter-island movement of people who may be viremic will make it difficult to stop. Health authorities on the affected and nearby islands are taking the situation seriously by intensifying surveillance and launching public education efforts.
An earlier report indicated that a case also occurred on Martinique. The origin of the Caribbean outbreak on St. Martin has not been identified. Since the sequences of the St. Martin chikungunya virus isolates indicate that it is of Asian origin, it would be of interest to know exactly where it came from and how it arrived on St. Martin.