Chikungunya virus transmission in many Indian states

People infected with the chikungunya fever virus are being reported from the following states:

  • Delhi - at least 15 deaths last year.
  • Gujarat state - hundreds of cases in Ahmedabad.
  • Maharashtra state - affected cities are Nashik and Mumbai, where infected newborn babies are reported which suggests mother-to-child transmission of the virus in the womb.

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

Advice For Travellers

While the risk of exposure for travellers may vary from place to place, it may be high in some 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.

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