Chikungunya fever spreading in British and US Virgin Islands

In June this year, there was 1 confirmed case of chikungunya fever in the US Virgin Islands. Now, there are 25 cases confirmed by laboratory tests and 214 more suspected cases in the St. Thomas and St. John districts. No cases have been reported in St.Croix. There have been at least 20 cases in the British Virgin Islands.

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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