Lots of chikungunya fever in El Salvador and Nicaragua

Two countries in Central America are reporting large numbers of cases of chikungunya fever. They are El Salvador (more than 34,100 cases) and Nicaragua (almost 38,300 cases with 1 death).

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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.