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Postby axel » Fri Mar 03, 2006 16:07

Dear all,

A very long and lively topic in our German forum shows us the high interest in the developments of this virus in Mauritius.
As we don’t appreciate some panic reactions in certain press releases we found this report we think is more objective and helpful:


Threat from Chikungunya, No Longer a Fear

Indian Ocean region was suffering from a crippling mosquito-borne virus disease the Chikungunya fever. It had infected some 150,000 people living in and around this area. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the tourists are safe when they are traveling to the Indian Ocean region.

This disease has no cure or vaccine. It is spreading like wild fire throughout the Reunion, Mauritius and Seychelles since January. The disease was first recognized in Tanzania in 1952. It is marked by high fever, severe rashes which are extremely painful but not fatal. Health experts say it can weaken the immune system, allowing other deadly diseases to set it.

Statistics show that about 1,298 confirmed cases and 4,706 suspected cases and authorities are awaiting test results in Mauritius. This is after the death of a 33-year-old man who is thought to have died from this disease.

While the neighboring French volcanic island of Reunion has reported 157,000 cases and 77 deaths linked to the virus.

WHO experts at the end of a three-day visit to Mauritius to assess efforts to control the outbreak told the news conference that there was no reason for visitors to be concerned. Pierre Formenty from the WHO said that both Mauritius and Reunion are safe places to travel.

date: 03.03.06

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