Chikungunya in South America

The countries that are most affected by the spread of chikungunya fever virus include:

  • Colombia - more than 318,600 cases with 40 deaths
  • Ecuador - more than 30,600 cases with 2 deaths
  • Venezuela - more than 14,000 cases
  • Brazil - more than 8,600 cases
  • Paraguay - more than 2,700 cases

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Advice For Travellers

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.