Chikungunya fever can be a major health risk in Colombia and Ecuador

In Colombia, there have been more than 250,000 reported cases of chikungunya fever while in Ecuador, there have been approximately 1,400 cases, mostly along the tropical coast in the provinces of Guayas, Manabi, El Oro, and Esmeraldas.

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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