Chikungunya spreading widely in northern Colombia

Multiple cases of chikungunya fever have been reported in more than 40 municipalities in the Norte de Santander state. The sudden increase in the number of people seeking medical care has overwhelmed local hospitals in the city of Cucuta. In the city of Santa Marta in the state of Magdalena, on the Caribbean coast, entire neighborhoods are reporting infections with the virus.

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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