Chikungunya fever continues to be a risk in Puerto Rico

With more than 4,000 reported cases in 2014, chikungunya fever continues to be a significant risk in Puerto Rico. In addition to fever, rash, months-long joint pains and fatigue, there are medical expenses and economic costs (time off from work) caused by this infection.

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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