Chikungunya cases in Western Hemisphere approach 775,000

According to the Pan American Health Organization, the number of chikungunya cases increased by 12,121 cases during the past week. The total since the introduction of this virus is approaching 775,000 over the past 10 months.

A few of the heavily affected countries now include:

  • Colombia - reported cases doubled in the past week from 6,175 cases to 13,626.
  • Puerto Rico - cases increased by 1,500
  • Antigua and Barbuda - cases nearly doubled from about 700 a week ago to approximately 1,250 cases today.
  • Brazil - so far a total of approximately 150 chikungunya cases were reported during the past week; however, many more cases can be expected.

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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