Chikungunya fever spreading widely in Colombia

There are now 5,136 reported cases of chikungunya fever nationwide. Cases have been recorded in the departments of Bolívar, Putumayo, Atlántico (Barranquilla, Cartagena), La Guajira, San Andrés (Santa Marta), Sucre, Caldas, Huila, Boyacá, Santander, Meta y Valle.

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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