Chikungunya infects almost 220,000 people in Colombia

Since the chikungunya fever virus started spreading in Colombia, there have been almost 220,000 reported cases. The most affected departments include Bolivar, Huila, Norte de Santander, and Tolima.

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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