Costa Rica is latest country to report local transmission of chikungunya fever

Health authorities in Costa Rica have reported the first patient from Esterillos de Parrita with chikungunya fever who did not travel outside the country. Now that there are local infected mosquitoes, many more cases can be expected.

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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