Health emergency declared in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, due to chikungunya

Reports of 104 cases of chikungunya fever coupled with concerns regarding the high numbers of mosquitoes have caused health authorities to issue a state of emergency for implementation of mosquito control measures.

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

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