Deaths due to chikungunya virus in Puerto Rico

So far, there have been slightly more than 6,000 reported cases of chikungunya fever on the island, but authorities suspect the actual number of infected people could be far greater. There are reports that 3 people have died from their infection, but there is no information if they had pre-existing medical conditions that might have contributed to their deaths.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Chikungunya Fever.

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