Brazil worried about spread of chikungunya in 2017
Health officials in Rio de Janeiro are looking towards the new year and preparing for chikungunya to hit the state hard. From January to December 6, 2016, reports show 15,265 suspected infected people and 10 deaths due to chikungunya, which was a significant increase from 2015.
Health officials are preparing for the new year and are concerned if the number of cases continues to increase it could become an epidemic because it is a fairly new disease to the area.
While the risk of exposure for travellers may vary from place to place, it may be high in some localities.
All 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. This may account for the low numbers of reported cases in many countries. There may be many more cases in the community that are not reported. Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences.