Chikungunya fever concentrated in 3 departments in Guatemala

Since the chikungunya virus was first introduced into Guatemala last year, there have been 2,139 reported cases. Most of these cases (64%) have been reported from 3 departments: Santa Rosa, Zacapa, and El Progreso.

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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