Colombia: Chikungunya cases exceed 83,000

Posted on January 14, 2015 • Filed under: Colombia, Latin America Health reported with the addition of nearly 10,000 new chikungunya cases in Colombia, the total now exceeds 83,000 cases, by far the most in South America. The country has also reported three deaths related to the mosquito borne virus since it was first detected in July 2014 in the Valle del Cauca.

Despite the rapid rise in cases, the Colombian health minister, Alejandro Gaviria told local media (computer translated) that the epidemic is “not out of control”. He did predict that things could get worse during the dry season as more of the public will store water. Read Article

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