Chikungunya is widespread in Andean countries in South America

Chikungunya fever is being reported by the following Andean countries in South America:

  • Bolivia - Santa Cruz department (4,000 cases); Tarija department
  • Colombia - since outbreak beginning in 2014, approximately 374,000 cases with 35 deaths.
  • Ecuador - at least 15,700 cases with more than 3,000 new cases in the past week. Most affected provinces include Esmeralda, Manabi, Guayas, Pichinche, Santo Donmingo, Los Rios, Santo Elena, Salumbios, Ibstabura, Orellana, Bolivar, Pastaza, Azuay.

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

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.

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