Man dies of suspected Chikungunya complications
While the local Ministry of Health has not confirmed any deaths resulting from complications associated with the
Chikungunya virus, suspicions have arisen that suggest that there has been at least one related death here.
According to reports reaching this publication, the passing of 39-year-old Cordel Carvil Duncan at the St Joseph Mercy Hospital on Sunday last could be associated with the virus.
The dead man is son of long standing trade unionist, Carvil Duncan, who in an invited comment yesterday was in no position to shed light on his son’s cause of death.
According to Duncan, his son had spent a brief period in St Lucia and upon his return had complained of feeling unwell. It is believed that the young man could have contracted the virus during his stay in the Caribbean territory.
St. Lucian health officials have expressed concern about the spread of the virus there.
The virus is one that has symptoms similar to dengue fever, complete with fever, headache and long-lasting joint and muscle pains.
While unable to relate the symptoms his son exhibited, Duncan told this publication that “all he (my son) said to me is that he wasn’t feeling well. Any concerned father if his child says he is not feeling well would want to take him to the hospital and that is what I did.
“I took him to the hospital and they ran a series of tests; I don’t know what tests they did on him and I don’t want to speculate, but the one thing I know for certain is that he is dead and he will be buried on Tuesday,” said Duncan.
According to Duncan, he is not yet in receipt of a death certificate and has not been afforded the results of the tests conducted on his son. “I don’t get involved in medical language because I am a trade unionist by profession and therefore I will wait until I have a thorough discussion with the doctor before I can make a pronouncement,” Duncan related.
Guyana has thus far reported 14 cases of the virus that were all detected in sections of Berbice. The cases were confirmed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad, which has been working closely with Caribbean territories that have detected the virus.