Chikungunya fever in Dominican Republic will reach half a million cases

With the 13,336 new suspected cases of chikungunya fever reported in the last 2 weeks, the Dominican Republic continues to be the most affected nation as the epidemic continues to spread in the Americas. In several weeks, the total number of cases will reach half a million since the virus first appeared.

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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