Chikungunya fever continues across Latin America and the Caribbean

The latest summary reports by the Pan American Health Organization estimate that there have been at least 1.3 million cases since the virus was first introduced in this hemisphere a little over a year ago. There have been 172 deaths (about one in every 1,000 cases), mostly in the Caribbean area.

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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