Chikungunya fever in Mexico and Central America

The following countries are reporting cases of chikungunya fever that were acquired from local mosquitoes:

  • Mexico - sporadic reports, 82 cases
  • Costa Rica - approximately 200 cases
  • El Salvador - major epidemic with 135,226 cases
  • Guatemala - major epidemic with 21,859 cases
  • Honduras - increasing number of cases, 1,381 through mid-November
  • Nicaragua - increasing number of cases, 1,598 through mid-December
  • Panama - sporadic cases through mid-November

The risk of exposure to this virus is highest in El Salvador and Guatemala. 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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