Toronto Public Health warns of Chikungunya in the Caribbean

Virus causes similar symptoms to Dengue fever, and is transmitted through mosquito bites...

Newstalk1010 was the first to tell you about this 'unpleasant' virus now making its way into some Caribbean countries.

It's called Chikungunya, and has been picked up at some of the most popular sun filled vacation destinations.

Places like Saint Martin/Saint Maarten, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Barthélemy and the British Virgin Islands all have reported cases of the virus that is transmitted through mosquito bites.

Joint pain and severe headaches are among the symptoms of Chikungunya,  with public health saying it shows up in the similar fashion to Dengue fever.

The problem with this virus, is there is no vaccine to prevent it, nor is there any specific treatment for it.

But it's not deadly.

And more good news is that, Health Officials say there hasn't been a case in Ontario from the Caribbean, with most reported from India or Indonesia.

Even then, cases are few and far between.

But, it needs to be said that health officials in Toronto, aren't too worried.


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