Chikungunya increasing rapidly in Ecuador

The provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabí are the centre of chikungunya in Ecuador. So far, these provinces have reported 10,188 cases of this infection. Some authorities suggest that the actual number of chikungunya cases in any country may be as high as 5 times the reported number.

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Advice For Travellers

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.