Ecuador reports first locally acquired case of chikungunya

Ecuador is the latest country to report a case of chikungunya fever acquired from locally infected mosquitoes. Previously, there were 7 cases in travellers who acquired their infections abroad.

With over 1 million cases of this infection in the past 12 months, chikungunya fever has quickly invaded many countries. Now, more cases can be expected in Ecuador.

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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