Deaths associated with chikungunya fever in Guatemala

An newborn infant and a 56 year old man have died due to symptoms associated with chikungunya fever. So far this year, at least 17,000 cases of this infection have occurred nationwide. Escuintla has reported almost 12,000 of these cases.

Although chikungunya fever is often a mild illness, it is not totally innocuous. Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences.

Travellers in 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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