Dengue, chikungunya and maybe Zika are all present in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Health authorities are warning the local population that there have been increases in the number of people infected with dengue or chikungunya virus. Suspected cases of Zika are waiting the results of laboratory testing to confirm that this virus is also present in the area.

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

Advice For Travellers

All travellers to areas where these viruses are active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue, chikungunya or Zika infections do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.

There is strong scientific evidence that Zika virus is the cause of microcephaly (small brain) and other neurological abnormalities in newborn infants. The World health Organization states that pregnant women should be advised not to travel to areas of ongoing Zika virus outbreaks. Pregnant women whose sexual partners live in or travel to areas with Zika virus outbreaks should ensure safe sexual practices or abstain from sex for the duration of their pregnancy,