Chikungunya virus infection in Papua New Guinea, 19 Oct 12, Health ProfessionalsPosted: December 10, 2012
On 3 October 2012, the health authorities of Papua New Guinea (PNG) have reported confirmed cases of chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection in the province of Sandaun (West Sepik), north-western region of the country, bordering with Indonesia. The first cases were reported in June 2012 and have corresponded with an increase in heavy rains in the region .
Since the beginning of the outbreak, 633 suspected cases have been reported of which 14 have been laboratory-confirmed .
These are the first cases to be reported in Papua New Guinea, however the vector, Aedes albopictus has been present in the country since 2005 .
The WHO in Papua New Guinea is working with the National Department of Health in the implementation of control measures and providing public information.