Chikungunya fever cases exceed 1 million in just 1 year

Almost exactly one year after the first case of chikungunya fever was found in the western hemisphere on the island of St. Martin, the Pan American Health Organization has reported over 1 million cases of this infection. Cases have been found in almost every country in the USA, the Caribbean, Central America and several countries in South America. Since last week, the number of cases increased by 36,000.

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.

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