Chikungunya fever is rapidly increasing on island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti)

Cases of reported chikungunya fever in Haiti have increased rapidly to nearly 12,000 cases. Most of the cases have been reported from the provinces of Ouest (77 per cent of total cases), Nord Est and L'Artibonite.

The number of reported cases in the Dominican Republic has reached more than 32,000 in just 2 months as the infection continues to spread across the country.

Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences. 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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Chikungunya Fever.

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