El Salvador and Colombia report high numbers of chikungunya fever cases

Chikungunya fever virus is now widely distributed in the tropical and semi-tropical countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. In Central America, El Salvador is reporting the most cases, almost 11,000. In South America, Colombia has reported the most cases by far, over 200,000 cases. Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Venezuela, French Guiana, Bahamas and Puerto Rico are currently reporting cases of this infection.

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Advice For Travellers

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.