Published On: Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014

Important message to all Canadian citizens in the Yucatan Peninsula planning to travel to islands in the Caribbean

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Dear Canadian citizen,

This is a message sent by the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad service. Please share the following information with other Canadian citizens in your area.

There have been confirmed cases of chikungunya on the Caribbean islands of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Barthélemy.

These cases in the Caribbean mark the first time that locally acquired transmission of chikungunya has been detected in the Region of the Americas. Previously, only imported cases have been reported. Additional information is available in the travel health notice: http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/chikungunya-caribbean

Travellers to the Caribbean are reminded to protect themselves against mosquito bites, particularly during peak mosquito biting times in the early morning and late afternoon. The mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya are active during the daytime and at night and are found both indoors and outdoors. For more information, please read the fact sheet on insect bite prevention: http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/insect-bite.

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Chikungunya (http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/diseases/chikungunya)is a disease caused by the chikungunya virus which typically causes fever along with an arthritis-like pain in the joints and a rash. It is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers should note that the symptoms of chikungunya can appear very similar to those of dengue fever (http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/notices-avis/notices-avis-eng.php?id=44), although it is caused by a different virus.

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If you are travelling or have travelled to the Caribbean area and you develop flu-like symptoms during your travel or within 12 days after you return, see a health care provider and tell them where you have been travelling or living.

Chikungunya in the Caribbean – Travel.gc.ca

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