Chikungunya fever outbreak in Papua New Guinea is widespread

The chikungunya fever outbreak that began in June 2012 in Vanimo has spread to at least 11 provinces with tens of thousands of people infected.
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 may not seek medical care and may not be reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community that are not reported.

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