Chikungunya fever is affecting all 3 US Virgin Islands

So far this year, there have been 1,048 suspected cases of chikungunya fever since the virus first appeared in April. Since mid-October, 76 more cases were confirmed and 16 were considered probable. Most of the cases have been registred on St. Thomas, but St. John and St. Croix have also reported cases.

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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