Cases of chikungunya grow in Bahía, Brazil

Since the recent introduction of the chikungunya virus in the state of Bahía, there have been slightly more than 1,200 suspected cases of this infection. Cases have been reported from 35 municipalities. The most affected cities include Feira de Santana, Riachão do Jacuípe, Salvador, Alagoinhas, Cachoeira and Amélia Rodrigues.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Chikungunya Fever.

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