Colombia struggles to contain chikungunya fever

Large numbers of cases of chikungunya fever (249,013 cases and 33 deaths, through mid-March) are being reported nationwide. The department of Norte de Santander is one of several affected departments.

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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