Chikungunya remains a high risk in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

There were thousands of cases of chikungunya fever reported in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic last year. In fact, the latter was among the most affected countries in the Americas. There are no signs that transmission of this virus from local mosquitoes will decrease significantly this year in these countries or throughout the Caribbean islands.

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.

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

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