Marshalls moves to counter chikungunya threat

4:25 pm on 15 May 2015

A multi-agency effort is being launched by the Marshall Islands government to reduce the rates of chikungunya in the country.

The effort, involving the health ministry, public works and utility companies, will involve spraying mosquito breeding areas around Majuro Atoll.

Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands

Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands Photo: RNZ

The number of cases on Majuro has been steadily rising since chikungunya was first identified in February, the first known outbreak of the virus in the country.

The illness produces flu-like symptoms, including joint pain, fever, head and muscle aches.