Chikungunya continues to be major health risk in Colombia

With over 374,000 cases and 35 deaths due to chikungunya fever since the virus was first introduced into Colombia in 2014, there is a significant risk of exposure to this mosquito borne virus. In just the first 6 months of this year, there have been almost 267,000 suspected and confirmed cases.

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Advice For Travellers

Although this virus generally does not cause many deaths, persons with co-existing serious medical conditions may be more susceptible. 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.