Following an outbreak in early 2006 of the mosquito-borne virus, Chikungunya, in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, a French overseas department, Seychelles and Mauritius, the number of reported new cases is now declining. However, many cases may not be reported to health or government officials. Symptoms of the disease include fever, severe rash and painful and debilitating joint ache. The disease is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito and is potentially fatal to the very young, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
The above is an official travel warning to travellers to Mauritius by the Australian government.
Reunion also has officially reported deaths resulting from chikungunya according to various sources (a simple web search will confirm to anyone interested).
Again, I will state and confirm, we have had a relative die from complications as a result of chikungunya. I personally attended the funeral of the relative.
One would have to be very, very naive indeed to think the Mauritian chikungunya is any different to the chikungunya experienced elsewhere. But then that's probably what the failure to report true figures and the lying by omission is hoping to achieve.
It is clearly and unarguably a virus which can be fatal. It is of course not fatal to the majority who get the virus and I stand by what I said previously - with proper care you can minimise the risk.