Chikungunya fever is major risk in Pacific Islands

Chikungunya fever virus continues to spread across Pacific Islands. Cases have been reported from French Polynesia (18,352 cases), American Samoa (1,148 cases), Samoa (2,500 suspected cases) and Tokelau (159 suspected 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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