Chikungunya fever is spreading quickly in El Salvador

At present, 40 municipalities in 9 departments have reported cases of chikungunya fever since it was recently introduced in this country. In the past week 331 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 3,345 cases. Newly affected municipalities include San José Villanueva, Ciudad Arce, Santiago Texacuango, Guazapa, San Rafael and Jocoro.

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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