Chikungunya fever in Puerto Rico continues

Chikungunya fever virus has infected more than 27,000 people in Puerto Rico since last May. There have been 14 deaths associated with chikungunya infection but it is not clear if the virus itself was primarily responsible for the deaths.

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.

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