Chikungunya fever cases surpass 165,000

In the latest update (June 13), the Pan American Health Organization has reported slightly more than 165,000 cases of chikungunya fever since the outbreak began approximately 6 months ago. Most of the cases (163,000) have been recorded in the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique Saint Martin (French) and Dominica. At least 13 other countries and islands have reported tens to hundreds of cases.

Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences. 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.

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