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2006-02-28 14:45:00

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government will study a plan for killing mosquitoes in case a crippling disease that has hit La Reunion island spreads to mainland France, Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said on Tuesday. Chikungunya fever has infected a fifth of La Reunion's population and Bertrand said on Monday that several dozen people returning to the mainland from the Indian Ocean region had the disease, which can be transmitted only by mosquitoes. Bertrand told parliament a research center...

2006-02-28 04:23:16

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam has called on the population to help fight a crippling mosquito-borne virus which has swept across several countries in the Indian Ocean region. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has been spreading through islands off the southeast coast of Africa since January, infecting more than 150,000 people in Reunion, Seychelles and Mauritius. Mauritius has 1,174 confirmed...

2006-02-27 08:07:12

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The number of people in Mauritius infected with a mosquito-borne disease which is ravaging through the Indian Ocean region has risen to 962 from 341 the previous week, the government said. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has been spreading through islands off the southeast coast of Africa since January, affecting more than 150,000 people in Reunion, Seychelles and Mauritius. "Cabinet has taken note that 962...

2006-02-26 06:43:55

By Bernard Grollier SAINT-DENIS-DE-LA-REUNION, France (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin promised La Reunion 76 million euros ($90 million) in aid on Sunday to tackle a crippling disease that has swept the Indian Ocean island and put him under political pressure. Villepin made the pledge at the start of a two-day visit to La Reunion which is intended to show solidarity with the distant French territory and shake off criticism that he has done too little to help...

2006-02-25 07:55:00

PARIS -- Doctors in mainland France have detected a mosquito-borne disease among people returning from the Indian Ocean region, where the virus is spreading rapidly, a senior health official said on Saturday. France's health minister has blamed "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, for directly or indirectly killing 77 people on the French island of La Reunion off the southeast coast of Africa. French health officials say 157,000 people have now been infected by...

2006-02-22 09:25:00

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The World Health Organization on Wednesday said it was sending experts to the Indian Ocean region to help control a crippling mosquito-borne disease that has infected thousands across Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion. "Chikungunya" fever, for which there is no known cure or vaccine, has affected more than 100,000 people in the islands off the southeast coast of Africa, where officials are concerned it could hit their key tourism sectors. The fever is...

2006-02-02 12:43:53

By George Thande VICTORIA (Reuters) - Seychelles said on Thursday it had mobilised its army to control an incurable crippling mosquito-borne disease that has affected thousands of people on the idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago. Over the last four weeks, 2,000 of the island's 80,000 people have been inflicted with "chikungunya" fever, named after a Swahili word meaning "that which bends up" and referring to the stooped posture of those afflicted. The disease, first recognised in...