The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week updated an advisory warning travelers to St. Martin and a handful of other Caribbean countries about the recent spread of chikungunya through mosquitoes infected with the illness.
Chikungunya is caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain; other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.
St. Martin confirmed 98 cases in early January, with Martinique (13), Saint Barthelemy (seven), Guadeloupe (three) and Dutch St. Maarten (one) also reporting cases. CDC is advising travelers to use insect repellents and take normal measures, including wearing long sleeves, to avoid the illness as “There is currently no vaccine or medicine to prevent chikungunya.”