Many more Chikungunya infections than dengue fever in Colombia

In the first 4 months of this year, there were 187,000 reported cases of chikungunya fever, or almost six times the number of dengue fever cases. However, there were fewer deaths attributed to chikungunya fever (25 deaths).

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Advice For Travellers

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.