Chikungunya spreads in Colombia

The first cases of chikungunya fever in returning travellers were recently reported in Colombia, and already the virus is affecting municipalities in the departments of Bolívar (San Jacinto, Carmen de Bolívar, Mahates and Cartagena), Sucre (Ovejas) and La Guajira. There are at least 500 cases registered so far nationwide.

As the epidemic of this infection continues to spread through the Americas, 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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