Chikungunya starting to spread in Brazil

Up to now, reported cases of chikungunya fever in Brazil have been travellers returning from the Caribbean. However, health authorities in the state of Bahia have confirmed 5 cases and suspect an additional 200 cases in the cities of Feira de Santana and Salvador. 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.

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