Chikungunya keeps spreading in Ecuador and Paraguay

Reports of chikungunya fever continue to increase in Ecuador and Paraguay.

  • Ecuador - In Manabi province, there have been 1,347 cases with 30-40 people seeking medical care every day in municipalities such as Manta and Portoviejo.
  • Paraguay - almost 1,000 cases reported nationally by the municipalities of Fernando de la Mora, Villa Elisa, Luque, San Lorenzo, and Asuncion.

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Advice For Travellers

While the general risk of becoming infected with the chikungunya virus is generally low at present, it is highly likely that the virus will continue to spread throughout much of the population. 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.