Major outbreaks of chikungunya fever in some Pacific Islands

Major outbreaks of chikungunya fever are being reported from the following Pacific Islands:

  • Kiribati - over 3,000 cases with 150 new cases daily. The most affected areas include South Tarawa (Where 43 per cent of the population is affected) and Betio (where 57 per cent of the population is affected).
  • French Polynesia, Marquesas Islands - approximately 4,500 cases with half of the population affected.

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.

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

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