Chikungunya fever cases surpass 900,000 in Americas

In slightly less than 1 year since the introduction of the chikungunya virus in the Western Hemisphere, there have been almost 915,000 confirmed and suspected cases of this infection. While the outbreak is just getting started in Belize (3 cases) and Mexico (14 cases), other countries, such as El Salvador (123,000 cases), Dominican Republic (500,000 cases), Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean, have seen explosive epidemics.

As the virus continues to spread into South American countries, 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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