Chikungunya may be underreported in Karachi, Pakistan

There are unconfirmed reports that over 5,000 patients have been infected with the chikungunya virus fever in Saudabad and Lyari in a month. However, official statistics have recorded 510 suspected chikungunya fever cases, and 11 have had positive laboratory tests.

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Advice For Travellers

Because chikungunya fever may be a mild disease in many people, they may not seek health care and not be recorded in official statistics. This may account for the low numbers of reported cases in many countries. There may be many more cases in the community that are not reported. Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences.

While the risk of exposure for travellers may vary from place to place, it may be high in some localities. All 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.