The Panama Ministry of Health (MOH), through their surveillance system, have detected two imported cases of chikungunya fever, according to an MOH press release today (computer translated).

The first patient is a Brazilian-born citizen from Haiti, where he acquired the condition, was for less than 24 hours in the country and returned to their country of origin.


The second patient is a woman of Dominican nationality, nationalized Panamanian who currently resides in the village of Juan Diaz, who traveled for 19 days to Dominican Republic, and upon return, provided the symptoms of the disease. This patient is familiar with Dominican virus report.

In both cases, the team proceeded MOH Epidemiology with the provisions of national and international protocol consisting epidemiological analysis of those places where patients with respective shares of spraying and fogging the area on the premises and all the necessary measures to prevent further cases.

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Ministry of Health explained that performed the epidemiological analysis of those places where patients and spraying and fogging on the premises, which also identifies, as laid down in national and international protocol.

These are the first confirmed chikungunya cases in Central America after the Honduras false report.