Deaths due to chikungunya fever in Brazil

Transmission of chikungunya fever virus is widespread in Brazil. While it is usually a mild disease with occasional long term disability, there are reports of deaths (120 deceased) in Brazil due to this infection. Last year there were only 6 deaths nationwide. States that are reporting deaths include Pernambuco, Paraíba, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

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Advice For Travellers

Although deaths due to chikungunya infection in Brazil are concentrated in the northeastern portions, there are also sporadic deaths reported in other states. While the risk of exposure for travellers may vary from place to place, it may be high in some localities.

All 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. This may account for the low numbers of reported cases in many countries. There may be many more cases in the community that are not reported. Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences.