Chikungunya virus spreads to British Virgin Islands

The first ever outbreak of chikungunya virus in the western hemisphere continues to spread in the Caribbean. In addition to the islands of Saint Martin (French and Dutch), Martinique, Guadaloupe, and Saint Barthelemy, the British Virgin Islands (Jost Van Dyke Island) have reported 3 cases in residents who have not travelled.

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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