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Health Officials Confirm Chikungunya Outbreak In Dominican Republic

News outlets report health officials have confirmed an outbreak of chikungunya in the Dominican Republic.

Associated Press: Mosquito-borne virus arrives in Dominican Republic
“Health authorities in the Dominican Republic have reported the first outbreak of a mosquito-borne virus that has spread quickly in the Caribbean in the weeks since it was first detected in the region. Health Minister Freddy Hidalgo says blood samples analyzed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first cases in the country of the virus known as chikungunya…” (4/4).

CIDRAP News: Action urged against insect-borne threats in the Americas
“Officials from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and their global health partners today urged countries in the Americas to step up their efforts to battle insect-borne diseases, a point that was underscored by news of the first chikungunya outbreak in the Dominican Republic…” (Schnirring, 4/4).

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