Outbreak of the Chikungunya Virus in Honduras

The northern area of Honduras continues to be impacted by illness, particularly the chikungunya virus.

The project Jehová Nisi (HO-330) was closed for tendays due to illness among the staff and children.

107 beneficiaries from the project were affected. They have now returned to classes although many are still experiencing pain.

All those affected went to the local care center for treatment.

Compassion UK will contact you directly if your child is affected.

Please pray for staff as they work to support the children they work with whilst battling the effects of the disease themselves.

19 February

The latest reports from Honduras of dengue fever and chikungunya are in the in the northern part of the country. Almost 7,000 people have now been affected. Of these, there are 108 new cases amongst Compassion sponsored children.

Many church partners are affected and the CDI Jehova Nisi is temporarily closed due to the extent of illness amongst staff and children.

Compassion Honduras is working in all areas to provide medication and education to those who need it.

Chikungunya is characterised by a fever frequently accompanied by joint pain. The joint pain is often very debilitating, but usually only lasts for a few days although it may be prolonged to weeks.

Most patients recover fully, but in some cases joint pain may persist for several months or even years. Occasional cases of eye, neurological and heart complications have been reported, as well as gastrointestinal complaints. Serious complications are not common, but in older people, the disease can contribute to the cause of death.

Chikungunya virus was first diagnosed in Tanzania and until very recently was only found in Africa and Asia. The first outbreak of the disease in the Americas was confirmed in December 2013.

There is no vaccine or cure for the disease and treatment focuses on relieving the symptoms of the disease.

Compassion UK will contact you directly if your child is affected.

Please pray for staff as they work to support the children they work with whilst battling the effects of the disease themselves.

26 January 2015

Compassion Honduras continues to work with families in response to the ongoing outbreak of the Chikungunya virus. Some of the children initially affected by the disease are now fully recovered although many are still experiencing soreness in their limbs.

Please pray with us for healing for these children and for Compassion Honduras as they work to prevent the disease from spreading.

Compassion UK will contact you directly if your child is affected.

21 October 2014

The chikungunya virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, has broken out in the Villa de San Francisco area of Honduras. The Agape Children Centre (HO-131) was closed for ten days because of the number of staff and children affected by the disease. 78 children have caught the disease, and they are being given medical treatment to relieve the symptoms.

Compassion UK will contact you directly if your child is affected.

Please pray for staff as they work to support the children they work with whilst battling the effects of the disease themselves.

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