Tuesday, September 30, 2014

UnderCHIKV Syndrome

Total Chikungunya (CHIKV) cases in the Americas have risen to almost 750,000 (Total Cases = Confirmed+Suspected Cases). Since Chikungunya and Dengue have similar symptoms (fever, joint pain), there could be mis-counts of Suspected Cases; however, the severe, often hobbling, joint pain caused by Chikungunya probably makes that a minor possible error.

A deeper look into the reports being provided to citizens by official regional public health agencies, using map, charts and timelines, highlights anomalies such as very old numbers (1, 2 and 3 months old) being published in current status reports - which suggests that the Chikungunya epidemic is presently under-reported in the Caribbean and in The Americas.

The data compiled to produce the maps, etc. is available as #opendata for download or interactive exploration (no login needed).