Chikungunya has started to spread rapidly in Paraguay

In just the last 4 days, the number of reported cases of chikungunya fever have increased by 63 new cases for a total of 259 cases this year. Infected persons have been reported from Asunción, Fernando de la Mora, Villa Elisa, Luque, Ñemby, San Lorenzo, Ypané, Lambaré, Aregua, Limpio and Augusto Saldívar. Previously, cases were concentrated only in Fernando de la Mora.

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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