Colombia reports more cases of chikungunya fever

Colombia continues to report large numbers of cases of chikungunya fever. In just 2 weeks this year, approximately 34,000 new cases have been reported, bringing the total number to more than 175,000 cases since the virus was first introduced in July 2014.

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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