Epidemic of chikungunya fever in Dominican Republic may be underestimated

There are reports that the number of reported cases of chikungunya fever underestimate the extent of the problem and that as many as 500,000 people may have been infected. Since many persons with chikungunya fever do not seek medical care, it would not be unusual for official figures to underestimate how far the virus has spread. It is highly likely that there may be many more cases in the community that are not reported.

Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences. 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.

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

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