Chikungunya Virus Threat In Cook Islands Appears To Be Over

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Estimated to have infected 781 people, only one case in last 2 weeks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 17, 2015) – The threat from chikungunya in the Cook Islands appears to be subsiding with just one case reported in the last two weeks.

The mosquito-borne disease was first reported nearly a year ago and has infected an estimated 781 people.

The Cook Islands News reports the Ministry of Health has seen a reduction in the number of new cases of chikungunya every week for the last 12 weeks.

The Public Health Director Neti Herman says the decline is down to efforts to identify and clean up mosquito breeding areas.

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