Chikungunya fever hits New Delhi, India

At least 1,000 people in the city have been diagnosed with chikungunya fever. There are undoubtedly many more unreported cases. Due to the often debilitating symptoms, large numbers of people in the public service and construction sectors are unable to work.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk of exposure for travellers may vary from place to place, it may be high in some localities in the city.

All 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. This may account for the low numbers of reported cases in many countries. There may be many more cases in the community that are not reported. Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences.