Chikungunya outbreak in Tampakan area of Philippines

In South Cotabato province, Philippines, health officials declared an outbreak of chikungunya disease in two villages in Tampakan town, with 180 suspected cases so far. Laboratory confirmation testing is ongoing for residents of Maltana and Kipalbig towns in Tampakan. Chikungunya is a viral disease that is spread by mosquitoes.

Travellers to areas where chikungunya fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Since many persons with chikungunya fever may not seek medical care and may not be reported to health authorities, there may be many more unreported cases in the community.

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

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