Chikungunya infections in Canadian traveller

National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada, has reported a total of 191 suspected and confirmed cases of chikungunya virus infection in returning Canadian travellers. This is a sharp increase compared with past years; from 2008 to 2013, only 10-15 cases were identified each year.

The vast majority of individuals in 2014 and this year became infected in well known tourist destinations such as Aruba, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St Lucia, St Martin, and Trinidad and Tobago. Other countries like Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Brazil where also destinations where infection occurred.

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Advice For Travellers

This report illustrates how extensive the risk of exposure for chikungunya fever virus is in temperate and tropical countries in the Americas. Travellers should be aware that this disease can be prevented by following advice to prevent mosquito bites. Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences.