Canada issues chikungunya travel warning
Canadian health officials are warning their nationals about travelling to the Caribbean in light of the spread of the chikungunya virus across the region.
In a warning message, the health officials urged Canadians to take notice of what they called a particularly nasty disease.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said since early 2014, there has been a large surge in Canadians infected with chikungunya.
According media reports, just this year, more than one million people have contacted the disease worldwide.
Originating in Africa, the virus has rapidly spread into the Caribbean and Central and South America and Mexico with some cases in the southern United States.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also stated that travelers to Africa, Asia, and islands in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific are at risk.
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