Chikungunya in French Polynesia reaches 40,000 cases

The on-going epidemic of chikungunya fever in French Polynesia has now totaled approximately 40,000 cases with 9 deaths. Tonga, Samoa, New Caledonia and Tokelau are all affected.

Although chikungunya fever is clearly not as severe as other viral fevers such as dengue and Ebola, it may still have long lasting and debilitating effects. 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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