Chikungunya is widespread in French Polynesia

Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and some atolls of Tuamotu have all reported cases of chikungunya fever. Since the outbreak began in mid-October, there have been an estimated 4,000-5,000 cases of chikungunya. 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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