Increasing number of chikungunya fever cases in Colombia and Ecuador

So far, Colombia is experiencing a major epidemic of chikungunya with almost 308,000 cases nationwide.

In Ecuador, this infection now totals more than 30,000 patients.

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Advice For Travellers

All 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.