Costa Rica confirms presence of chikungunya

Costa Rica is the next country in Central America to confirm the presence of the chikungunya fever virus. The infection occurred in a French tourist who visited Costa Rica, and it is not clear if the infection was acquired in Costa Rica or if the person was incubating the disease on arrival. There are 5 additional suspected cases in travellers returning from the Caribbean. It is not certain that the virus will spread to local mosquitoes at this time.

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.

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