Chikungunya fever is spreading rapidly in Bahia, Brazil

Just a few weeks ago, there were only approximately 40 cases of chikungunya fever acquired from local mosquitoes. Authorities now suspect there are as many as 722 suspected cases in 10 municipalities. Affected municipalities include Feira de Santana, Riachão do Jacuípe, Ilhéus, Itabuna, Juazeiro, Lauro de Freitas, Planaltino, Rio Real and Tapiramutá.

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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