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Chikungunya virus epidemic

17 Jul 2014 - 17h23 | By INSERM PRESS OFFICE | France

The chikungunya virus is an infectious arboviral disease from the family Togaviridae. It comes from tropical regions and is transmitted by Aedes mosquitos. The virus is contracted by the mosquito when it bites an infected individual. It then becomes a carrier and can transmit the disease by biting a healthy person. There is no curative treatment for the virus, although INSERM researchers have discovered a human cellular factor involved in virus replication (source).

As of Friday 11th July, the chikungunya virus is now considered a major epidemic by the Ministry of Health. According to the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance, between 2,500 and 3,000 new cases are recorded in Martinique and approximately 5,000 cases in Guadeloupe on a weekly basis.

There is also a risk of infection in mainland France due to some 400,000 people returning from the West Indies who are living in France.

TO CITE THIS POST :
Inserm press room Chikungunya virus epidemic Link : http://presse.inserm.fr/en/chikungunya-virus-epidemic/13254/



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Bruno Hoen
CHU de Pointe à Pitre
brunohoen.guadeloupe@gmail.com

André Cabie
CHU Fort de France
andre.cabie@chu-fortdefrance.fr

Entomology 

Didier Fontenille
Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)
didier.fontenille@ird.fr

Anna-Bella Failloux
Institut Pasteur
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Virology / pathophysiology / Vaccine

Xavier De Lamballerie
Université Marseille-IRD
xavier.de-lamballerie@univ-amu.fr
Marc Lecuit
Unité 1117 ”Biologie des infections” (Inserm / Pasteur)
mlecuit@pasteur.fr

Roger Legrand
Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux énergies renouvelables
roger.le-grand@cea.fr

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Jocelyn Raude
École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP)
Jocelyn.Raude@ehesp.fr

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