Chikungunya fever is exploding in El Salvador

A short while ago, there were approximately 16,000 cases of chikungunya fever in El Salvador. Now, the Ministry of Health estimates that the number of cases has increased dramatically to more than 70,000 cases, including about 29,000 who actually have symptoms of the disease.

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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