At least 25 deaths due to chikungunya fever reported in Colombia

Since its introduction into Colombia, the chikungunya fever virus has infected at least 180,000 people, mostly along the northern Caribbean region. Further analysis of data has revealed that at least 25 deaths have been caused by this virus. Travellers to areas where chikungunya fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure to this virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with chikungunya fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community that are not reported. Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences.

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