Chikungunya fever virus spreading fast in Haiti

In just the last 2-3 months, the number of reported cases of chikungunya fever has almost reached 40,000 cases. Health authorities have asked the Pan American Health Organization for assistance in controlling this mosquito transmitted infection. 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.

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