Chikungunya fever is spreading in Papua New Guinea

An outbreak of chikungunya fever that began in Vanimo in late June last year with more than 1,500 reported cases appears to be spreading to the provinces of Madang, West New Britain, East New Britain, Morobe and Eastern Highlands. Three other provinces, New Ireland, Simbu and Oro, also have suspected outbreaks. Travellers to areas where chikungunya fever virus is active canreduce their risk of exposure to this virus by taking all necessary precautionsto avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with chikungunya fever may not seekmedical care and may not be reported to health authorities. There may be manymore cases in the community that are not reported.

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