Chikungunya continues to threaten French Polynesia

The on-going epidemic of chikungunya fever in French Polynesia has now reached over 18,000 reported cases. Approximately 30 new cases are reported each day with nearly all reported by Tahiti and Moorea. Four peoplehave died with this infection.

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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