Chikungunya fever spreads rapidly in French Polynesia

Three days ago, health authorities in Tahiti reported 15 cases of chikungunya fever. Now there are 59 cases, with an additional 200 considered “suspicious”. The local hospital in Taravao is overwhelmed. This infection is now being reported from other islands, including Tubuai, Raiatea and Apataki Atoll.

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.

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