Chikungunya in Haiti

May 7, 2014, 11:09 a.m.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti –  A Haitian official says a mosquito-borne virus spreading in the Caribbean has been found in Haiti.

Health Minister Florence Guillaume Duperval said on Radio Metropole on Tuesday that lab tests have confirmed 14 cases involving the virus known as chikungunya.

Duperval is urging Haitians to seek help from a professional and not to try to medicate themselves. She says public health advisories will soon air on the radio.

The virus causes a sharp fever and is rarely fatal. But some people experience joint pain for months or years.

The Pan-American Health Organization has confirmed more than 4,100 cases of chikungunya in the Caribbean. Most of the cases have been found in the French Caribbean islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Martin.

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