Two countries from the Andean area of South America led with increases in autochthonous chikungunya cases as the total number of locally acquired cases in the Western hemisphere close in on 1 million cases.


According to newly published chikungunya data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Friday, Venezuela and Colombia accounted for more than 36,000 of the over 60,000 new cases reported by the PAHO.

The reported cases in Venezuela jumped from 7,072 cases as of Nov. 21 to 26,451 cases reported Friday, while Colombia jumped from 22,034 to 39,163 cases.

These were not the only notable increases of the mosquito borne virus. In Central America, El Salvador reported an increase of more than 12,000 bring that countries total to over 135,000 while Honduras leaped to nearly 1,400 cases, up from 185.

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In the Latin Caribbean, French Guiana saw an increase of nearly 5,000 cases, eclipsing the 8,000 case mark.

In total in the Americas, the number of  local transmission cases of chikungunya stands at 975,678  suspected and confirmed cases, up 60,000 from two weeks ago.

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