Chikungunya virus is spreading widely in India

There are reports of an increasing number of people infected with the chikungunya virus in the following states and localities:

  • Punjab - Ludhiana.
  • Maharashtra - Mumbai.
  • Uttar Pradesh - Meerut.
  • Delhi - New Delhi.
  • Madhya Pradesh - Bhopal.
  • Chandigarh Union Territory - capital for Punjab and Haryana.

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Advice For Travellers

The list of cities reporting chikungunya transmission is not exhaustive. While the risk of exposure for travellers may vary from place to place, it may be high in many localities.

All 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. This may account for the low numbers of reported cases in many countries. There may be many more cases in the community that are not reported. Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences.

Travellers are reminded that transmission of the dengue fever virus usually happens where there is chikungunya transmission since these diseases are spread by the same mosquito.