Chikungunya is a major health risk in Colombia

After the introduction of the chikungunya virus in Colombia, there were almost 96,500 reported cases nationwide in a matter of months in 2014. Transmission of the virus from local mosquitoes with continue in 2015.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Chikungunya Fever.

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