Chikungunya continues to spread in Colombia

In Santa Marta, there have been 572 reported cases of chikungunya fever. In Córdoba, epidemic levels of the infection have been reported in the municipalities of Montería, Sahagún, Montelíbano, Los Córdobas, Pueblo Nuevo and Lorica. At the end of November in Sucre, there were 2,185 cases. The most affected municipalities included Sincelejo, San Antonio de Palmito, San Onofre, Ovejas, y Santiago de Tolú.

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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