Chikungunya outbreak in Kenya

An outbreak of chikungunya fever has affected half of the population of Mandera county which borders Ethiopia and Somalia. There is a real risk of travellers spreading this infection to new areas.

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

Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure for travellers is high in Mandera County.

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. 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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