Reunion swept by mystery disease with no cure

20th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 19, 2006 (AFP) - Doctors on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion are battling an epidemic of a crippling mosquito-borne disease that has no known cure, French Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said on Thursday.

PARIS, Jan 19, 2006 (AFP) - Doctors on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion are battling an epidemic of a crippling mosquito-borne disease that has no known cure, French Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said on Thursday.

About 7,200 cases of "chikungunya" had been recorded, including 1,600 cases last week alone, the minister told the French upper house.

"It is a major public-health issue," Bertrand told senators.

Chikungunya is Swahili for "that which bends up" and refers to the stooped posture of those afflicted by the non-fatal disease for which there is no known vaccine or cure.

Authorities on the volcanic island east of Madagascar, a French overseas department with a population of 760,000, have earmarked EUR 600,000 to fight the outbreak, including special mosquito-eradication brigades.

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