Chikungunya continues to spread widely in Colombia

Since the chikungunya virus was first detected last July, there have been 113,000 reported cases nationwide. More than half the cases have been reported from 8 departments. The most affected departments include Bolívar, Magdalena, Atlántico and Norte de Santander, on the border with Venezuela.

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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