Honduras registers first death from chikungunya virus

February 26, 2015

A 23-day-old infant died in Honduras on Thursday after being infected with the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, health authorities reported.

It was the country’s first reported death from the virus, which is carried by the same mosquitoes that carry dengue.

The Honduran daily La Prensa reported that the infant was from the rural department of Olancho.

Health officials in Central America are on alert for the spread of chikungunya, which causes high fever, nausea, vomiting and severe joint pain. Chikungunya has historically been present in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent, but has been spreading throughout the Americas in recent years. 

Honduran Vice-Minister of Health Francis Contreras said 6,700 people had contracted chikungunya in the country, while 5,000 had been diagnosed with dengue. 

Costa Rica’s Health Ministry reported in January that more than 100 people had been infected with chikungunya here, and 70 of them contracted the virus in Costa Rica.

There is currently no cure for the disease. Prevention measures include spraying insecticide, wearing repellent and removing stagnant water.

You may be interested

PHOTOS: The annual Oxcart Parade in Atenas, Alajuela
Arts & Culture
74 views
Arts & Culture
74 views

PHOTOS: The annual Oxcart Parade in Atenas, Alajuela

The Tico Times - April 24, 2018

Atenas celebrated its annual Oxcart Parade on Sunday, reminding all onlookers in the Alajuela town of the importance of oxen…

PHOTOS: Nicaraguans in Costa Rica gather to support their country during hard times
Nicaragua
152 views
Nicaragua
152 views

PHOTOS: Nicaraguans in Costa Rica gather to support their country during hard times

The Tico Times - April 24, 2018

A group of Nicaraguans who live in Costa Rica gathered at the Plaza de la Democracia in downtown San José…

Costa Rican third graders ace international technology championship
Changemakers
748 views
Changemakers
748 views

Costa Rican third graders ace international technology championship

The Tico Times - April 23, 2018

Remember our piece a few days ago about how six Costa Rican third-graders were ready to take on the world?…