After Nicaragua confirmed that more than 250 people have been infected with the Chikungunya virus, the administration of President Daniel Ortega announced new measures to tackle the spread of the virus.
The Chikungunya virus is contracted by a mosquito bite, its symptoms -fever, headaches, nausea, muscle and joint pain, fatigue and rashes- are commonly mistaken with dengue.
The Ministry of Health said that the worst hit areas by Chikungunya are the capital Managua, Chinandega, Leon y Masaya.
As part of the measures made to tackle the disease, the government said it will fumigate every seven days and not 10, as it has been doing.
Government squads will also increase the search for Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are the ones that transmit the virus.
“As we said yesterday, the virus is spreading quickly so, we are increasing all measures,” said the spokesperson for the Nicaraguan government, Rosario Murillo.
Chikungunya disease, which can be fatal, was first detected in Tanzania, in 1952. Since then, about 40 countries in Asia, Africa, America and Europe have reported cases of it.
Asia and Africa are the regions where the virus has spread most
Specialists have warned over the fast pace in which Chikungunya has been spreading. The first case in Latin America was detected about a year ago in Saint Martin island. Since then, 776,000 cases and 152 deaths have been reported on the continent, according to the World Health Organization.