Chikungunya fever continues to advance throughout Latin America and the Caribbean

Caribbean islands where there is active transmission from local mosquitoes: Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and US Virgin Islands.

In Central America and Mexico, there is transmission locally in Mexico (Chiapas state), Belize, El Salvador, Honduras (San Lorenzo, Valle department) and Nicaragua.

In South America, the following countries (localities) are affected: Brazil (states of Alagoas, Amapa, Amazonas, Bahia, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, and Roraima), French Guiana, Paraguay and Venezuela (states of Miranda and Trujillo).

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Chikungunya Fever.

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