Just one week after Buenos Aires Health Minister Alejandro Collia issued a warning concerning the mosquito borne virus, chikungunya, the Argentinian Health Ministry confirmed two chikungunya cases in travelers to the Dominican Republic.
According to a Buenos Aires Herald report today, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said the virus is not circulating in the country.
Health Deputy Minister Jaime Lazovski has confirmed that the infected patients live in Florencia Varela, in Buenos Aires province and in Buenos Aires City.
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The virus causes high fever and severe joint pain that start suddenly. It can also cause headache, muscle pain and rash. CHIKV does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be disabling, and some people may get severe complications. There is no specific medication available to treat CHIKV and there is not a vaccine. Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to avoid CHIKV. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page