|Description:||Captured in July, 2014, during an outbreak of chikungunya among Caribbean non-travelers, this image depicts Officer Steve Webster of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Dept. of Health, and entomologist John-Paul Mutebi (in the hat), as the two men were conducting assessments at the rear of a residence, where they were taking samples from a pool that was partially filled with stagnant, algae-choked water. This study was carried out in the city of Christiansted on St. Croix island.|
Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all across the Americas have been tracking the spread of the chikungunya (pronunciation: chik-en-gun-ye) virus since December 2013 when it was first discovered in the Caribbean on Saint Martin. While outbreaks of the virus have previously been reported in some parts of Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, this is the first time the virus has been found among non-travelers in the Western Hemisphere. Chikungunya virus is transmitted to people through mosquito bites. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person with the virus. Infected mosquitoes then spread the virus to other people.