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.
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