Chikungunya fever transmission continues in the Americas

The following countries continue to report transmission of the chikungunya virus:

  • El Salvador
  • Colombia - most affected departments are Valle del Cauca, Tolima, Cundinamarca, Huila, and Santander.
  • Venezuela
  • Brazil - last year almost 260,000 infected people with 138 deaths; some deaths in Rio de Janeiro state.
  • Peru - most affected regions are Zarumilla and Tumbes.

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

Advice For Travellers

While the risk of exposure for travellers may vary from place to place, it may be high in some localities.

All 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. This may account for the low numbers of reported cases in many countries. 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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