ASUNCION – Paraguay on Tuesday confirmed the first domestically-acquired case of chikungunya, a woman who became infected after contact with a couple who contracted it in Puerto Rico, bringing to four the number of people in the country with the virus, Dr. Andrea Ojeda, the spokesperson for the Health Monitoring agency, told Efe.
Ojeda said that the Asuncion resident is in the subacute phase of the disease, experiencing joint pain but not infectious.
The doctor added that the woman works as a housekeeper for two people who had picked up the virus during a trip to Puerto Rico, a pair of cases that were detected in late October at a private health clinic in the Paraguayan capital.
Including the couple, there are now three imported cases of chikungunya in Paraguay, after a person coming from the Dominican Republic was found to be infected in September.
At the end of last month, the Public Health Ministry urged the public to avoid travel to countries reporting cases of chikungunya, including Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the nations of Central America and the Caribbean, as a way of preventing the virus from making its way to Paraguay.
The landlocked South American nation is currently in the season where there is a high risk of dengue outbreaks, as well as the potential for importing chikungunya, both of which are transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the ministry said.