Chikungunya fever suspected in El Salvador

Health authorities are testing 181 suspected cases of chikungunya fever to confirm if this virus has spread to El Salvador from the outbreaks in the Caribbean countries. If the diagnosis is confirmed, there are no ways to stop the virus from spreading throughout Central America.

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 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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Chikungunya Fever.

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