Chikungunya fever virus in Americas - summary

People infected with chikungunya virus are being reported by the following countries (localities):

Mexico, Costa Rica (Central Pacific coast and Guanacaste province), El Salvador, Honduras (2 deaths), Nicaragua, Panama, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina (Salta Province including municipalities of Tartagal, Apolinario, Saravia), Jamaica, Brazil(13 states, including São Paulo, Bahia and Distrito Federal), Paraguay, Peru.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure to chikungunya virus will vary from place to place and from country to country, but 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. 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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