Caribbean chikungunya cases: 738,000 and counting

Chik V coming to town – riding with you for another bite, then traveling on for the next sip. Need a song, since little can be done to stop it from coming down to all of us

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The tally of chikungunya cases in the Caribbean, pushed by 19,000 new cases in the Dominican Republic, has surpassed 738,000, and Florida has registered another locally acquired case of the mosquito-borne viral infection, according to public health agencies.

In an update today, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said the count as of Sep 19 for the Caribbean and neighboring regions reached 729,178 suspected and 9,537 confirmed cases, for a total of 738,715. That amounts to an increase of 22,185 in suspected cases and 886 confirmed cases since Sep 12, the report shows.

The Dominican Republic’s tally of suspected cases has reached 486,306, up by 19,240 from a week earlier. Confirmed cases in the country stayed the same at 84. In neighboring Haiti, the case count stayed at 64,695, about the same as it was in late July.

Other places that reported rising cases were Curacao, with 665, compared with…

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