NICARAGUA NEWS – Nicaraguan has confirmed the country’s first two cases of people infected with a mosquito-borne virus that has spread quickly through the Caribbean region this year.
Rosario Murrillo said Wednesday Magaly Julissa Lechado, 24 years of age and her 4 year old daughter, Patricia Palma Lechado, are being treated at the Hospital Primario de Somotillo.
Murillo confirmed that Lechado and her daughter contracted the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in the Dominican Republic where they spent three months, returning to Nicaragua at the beginning of the month.
Lechado was in the DR visiting her brother. Murillo said that Lechado was diagnosed with the virus in the DR at the beginning of June, but still showed signs of the virus on her arrival in Nicaragua on July 1,.
Chikungunya has long been present in Africa and Asia and was first detected in the Caribbean in December.
It rarely results in death but the symptoms can be debilitating. Its symptoms have been described as a combination of a terrible flu and a sudden case of arthritis, with searing headaches, a high fever and intense muscle and joint pain.