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Caribbean Winter Sun comes with a Warning

18/11/2014

Chikungunya Virus could spoil your Holiday

If you’re planning to catch some winter sun this festive season, the Caribbean is a popular travel destination with almost guaranteed sunshine. There have been warnings recently, however, about the emergence of the Chikungunya virus in the region. First cases were reported in December 2013 and since then the virus has been spreading.

Whilst the virus is predominantly found in the Caribbean, it is also present in Africa, Asia and some islands in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific.

Chikungunya Virus Mosquito


So what is the Chikungunya Virus?

Chikungunya is a viral disease, which is transmitted by mosquitos. Symptoms include

  • High fever
  • Headaches
  • Rashes
  • Joint pain
The time between being bitten and the onset of symptoms varies but symptoms generally occur within four to eight days. There is no available vaccine and no cure, so travellers who are infected will have to rely on treatment to ease the symptoms.

Some people are at higher risk from developing severe symptoms or symptoms with lasting effect:
  • People with arthritis
  • People with serious medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
  • People over 65
  • Women who are pregnant and approaching the end of term
  • Long term travellers, such as aid workers and missionaries

What can you do to prevent Chikungunya?

As there is no vaccine, the only way to prevent infenction is to prevent mosquito bites. This can be tedious and difficult but worth the effort as one bite is enough to make you ill. These are our top tips to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Cover all exposed skin, i.e. wear long trousers, long-sleeved shirts and hats.
  • Use a mosquito net around your bed if your room may be exposed to the open air.
  • Stay and sleep in screened and/or air conditioned rooms

Use insect repellent on your skin, with the following ingredients:

  • DEET
  • Picaridin
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • IR3535

Carefully follow manufacturers’ instructions and always apply as directed. If you are using sunscreen, apply this first and then apply the insect repellent on top. Be especially careful when applying insect repellent on children.

It is important to note that the mosquito that carries the Chikungunya virus can bite indoors and outdoors and both day and night. It is often found around buildings in urban areas.

You can download a factsheet from the World Health Organisation here

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This insurance would meet the demands and needs of someone who wishes to insure their trip away from their home for cancellation costs, medical expenses and other specific risks required for that trip according to their individual circumstances..

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