Chikungunya virus confirmed in El Salvador

Based on positive local laboratory tests, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that the chikungunya fever virus is present in El Salvador. There are at least 1,200 cases with symptoms of chikungunya fever in Ayutuxtepeque, which is on the northern edge of the capital of San Salvador. Given the extent of human travel and the presence of the mosquito that transmits this infection, it will be only a short time before it spreads nationwide and throughout Central America.

Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences. 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.

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

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