MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua reported Thursday its first death from chikungunya since the first cases of the mosquito-borne virus were detected in July of last year, officials said. A 22-month-old boy was the victim, government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo reported. Murillo gave no details about where the boy was from, but she said his sister showed symptoms of the virus and was receiving medical attention.
Though not as deadly as dengue, chikungunya causes high fever, nausea, vomiting, severe joint pain and, in rare cases, death. The virus has historically been present in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent, but has been spreading throughout the Americas in recent years.
Between January and August, 2,704 cases of chikungunya have been registered in Nicaragua. A total of 5,399 people in the country have been infected since the first case was detected in July, 2014, according to health authorities.
Madrid (AFP) - Spain has detected its first domestic case of the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya in a 60-year-old man in the eastern province of Valencia, officials said Tuesday.
The man was "most likely" infected in Gandia, a seaside Mediterranean resort, and was treated in hospital last month, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said in a statement.
"This is the first chikungunya case reported from Spain without travel history to endemic areas," the statement said, as all prior reported cases involved people who caught the virus while abroad.
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...why would you post jobs and not hire anyone. Plus no news for sometime. Something has to be going on in the background that will be shocking either way very soon I suspect.
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The Zika virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito – the same mosquito that transmits chikungunya and dengue. Zika is similar to dengue fever, and also has symptoms such as fever, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, headache, weakness, rash, and swelling of the lower limbs. It was reported that symptoms may appear after three to 12 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito. The symptoms reportedly last for four to seven days; and no deaths have been reported due to the Zika virus.
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Several months ago, doctors from the Global Virus Network questioned whether the United States was ready for the next viral disease threat. Referencing the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya – and noting that it was headed to the United States — the researchers concluded: “This article may have been the first occasion where you’ve seen the word ‘chikungunya.’ But it most assuredly won’t be the last.”[i]
The outbreak in South Korea has been spreading at an unusually fast pace, with 138 confirmed infections as of Saturday, with the country's first case diagnosed on May 20.
South Korea on Saturday reported the 14th death from the disease and 12 new cases, including that of an ambulance driver who transported a patient infected with the deadly virus
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Fear is beginning to take hold in South Korea, as the MERS outbreak weaves its way throughout the country. There have now been four confirmed deaths and 41 people diagnosed with the virus.