Chikungunya spreading fast in Guatemala

Recently, travellers returning from visits to the Caribbean were reported to be infected with the chikungunya virus. In almost no time, there are now 750 suspected cases of the disease, although only 14 people have had positive lab tests to confirm the diagnosis. Escuintla appears to be the most affected area. More cases can be expected.

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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