Many unreported cases of chikungunya fever in Mexico?

Cases of chikungunya fever may be largely unreported in Mexico. Nationally, there are 751 reported cases from the states of Guerrero, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Colima, and Coahuila. However, there are reports that Guerrero alone may have as many as 5,000 suspected cases of this infection.

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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.