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Canada Issues Health Travel Warning for the Caribbean

Excerpt from Jamaica Observer

Feb 16, 2014 1:00 pm

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Canadian travelers love their Florida, Mexico and Caribbean vacations to escape Winter, and authorities are warning them about the virus outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also closely monitoring the situation in the Caribbean.

— Dennis Schaal

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There's plenty to do in St. Maarten, including snorkeling. Canadian authorities, though, are warning travelers about a mosquito-borne virus. / SintMaartenVacations.com


The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a public health notice to nationals travelling to the Caribbean in the wake of the outbreak of the chikungunya virus.

It said there have been “confirmed cases” of chikungunya on the Caribbean islands of St. Martin/St Maarten, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Barthélemy and the British Virgin Islands.

The Canadian health agency said these cases marked the first time that locally acquired transmission of chikungunya has been detected in the region of the Americas.

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