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SWEDEN---The European Centre for
Disease Prevention and Control
(ECDC) has reported further increase
in the number of confirmed and prob-
able cases of the chikungunya virus
on the French side of St Martin and
other Caribbean islands.
In an epidemiological update on
"autochthonous cases of chikungunya
fever in the Caribbean region" on Sat-
urday, the ECDC said that, as of Thurs-
day, there were 201 "probable or con-
firmed cases" in French St Martin and
two confirmed cases on the Dutch side
of the island.
ECDC also said there were 48 "prob-
able or confirmed cases" in Martinique;
25 "probable or confirmed cases" in St
Barthélemy; 10 "probable or confirmed
cases, including one imported case from
St Martin in Guadeloupe;" and one
"confirmed case imported from Mar-
tinique in French Guiana."
An ECDC risk assessment of the out-
break published on December 12 con-
cluded that the risk of the disease
spreading to other islands in the region
"Since then, new chikungunya cases
have been reported from several islands
in the Caribbean," it said, adding that
chikungunya transmission was detected
during "an ongoing dengue outbreak
in the Caribbean."
The ECDC said dengue and chikun-
gunya viruses are transmitted by the
same Aedes aegypti mosquito species.
Chikungunya causes fever and severe
joint pain. Other symptoms include
muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue
and rash. The disease shares some clin-
ical signs with dengue, and can be mis-
diagnosed in areas where dengue is
Chikungunya 'on the rise'
KINGSTON---A former premier
of the Turks and Caicos Islands
has been released on bail by the
British territory s top court.
Michael Misick is facing
charges of money laundering and
conspiracy to receive bribes and
defraud the government during
his time in office.
He has repeatedly denied any
wrongdoing while serving as pre-
mier from August 2006 to March
Misick was arrested in Brazil
in December 2012 at the request
of Britain s government. He was
extradited to the Turks and Caicos
Prosecutors say he was released
from a prison on Monday, about
a week after a magistrate refused
his request to be freed on bond.
Misick s lawyers appealed to
the Supreme Court, which
ordered his release. The court
said terms of Misick s bail should
not be made public. (AP)
Former premier of Turks & Caicos released on bail
ASUNCION---Venezuela has reopened
its embassy in the Paraguayan capital
on Monday, 18 months after breaking
off relations to protest the removal of
Paraguay s leader.
The Venezuelan Embassy in Asun-
cion was closed in July 2012 after
Paraguay s congress impeached and
ousted President Fernando Lugo, who
was an ally of the late Venezuelan Pres-
ident Hugo Chavez.
Venezuelan Ambassador Afredo
Murga says Paraguay s agricultural com-
modities are vital to Venezuela. He says
the economies of both South American
countries can continue to complement
Venezuela has the world s biggest oil
reserves. Paraguay doesn t produce oil
and is expected to benefit from
improved links with the region s biggest
oil exporter. (AP)
Venezuela mends tie with
Paraguay, reopens embassy
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