Chikungunya fever is transmitted in many countries in Americas

Chikungunya fever is being widely transmitted by mosquitoes in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (including tourist destinations):

Countries that are currently reporting cases include Puerto Rico, Mexico (includes Acapulco in Guerrero State), Argentina (Cordoba), Bolivia (Santa Cruz Department), Brazil (Bahía and Piauí), Costa Rica, El Salvador (145,000 cases), Nicaragua, Ecuador (Esmeralda and Manabi Provinces), Paraguay (Alto Paraná and Canindeyu Departments).

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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