Chikungunya and Zika virus are both occurring in Fiji

People infected with the chikungunya fever or Zika virus have been reported in the Western and Central Divisions of Fiji. So far this year, there have been 19 Zika and 24 chikungunya cases.

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

Advice For Travellers

All travellers to areas where these viruses are active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with chikungunya or Zika infections do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for these infections.

There is strong scientific evidence that this virus is the cause of microcephaly (small brain) and other neurological abnormalities in newborn infants. As a precautionary measure, women who are pregnant, especially in their first trimester, should consider postponing travel to countries where this virus is spreading or, at a minimum, take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Guillain–Barré syndrome is relatively rare condition characterized by the rapid-onset of a neurological illness with muscle weakness that may develop over half a day to four weeks and that may affect the breathing muscles.

At present, the association between Zika virus and this syndrome has not been confirmed by further scientific evidence. If neurological symptoms appear after visiting areas where Zika virus is present, travellers should consult their physician immediately.

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