HealthDay News — Blood test results revealed that an 8-year-old boy living in a rural area of Haiti has contracted Mayaro virus, according to findings published in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases.  

This is a sign that another mosquito-borne virus may be starting to circulate in the Caribbean. The infection was diagnosed after the boy developed a fever and abdominal pain, the researchers said.

Mayaro virus, which is related to the chikungunya virus, was first detected in Trinidad in 1954. Since then, most reported outbreaks have been limited to the Amazon, according to the University of Florida research team.

“The virus we detected is genetically different from the ones that have been described recently in Brazil, and we don’t know yet if it is unique to Haiti or if it is a recombinant strain from different types of Mayaro viruses,” lead author John Lednicky, MD, of the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions in Gainesville, said in a university news release.

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  1. Lednicky J, Beau De Rochars VM, Elbadry M, et al. Mayaro virus in child with acute febrile illness, Haiti, 2015. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016. doi: 10.3201/eid2211.161015.