More chikungunya cases in travellers returning to Florida, USA

So far, there have been 24 cases of chikungunya fever in travellers returning to Florida from Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Martinique in the Caribbean. The cases were reported from the counties of Broward, Clay, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Miami-Dade

Visitors to the Caribbean nations where the chikungunya virus was introduced have become infected and returned to their countries of origin with their infections. So far, the USA, France, Chile and Italy have reported this infection in travellers.

Chikungunya virus infections may have long lasting health consequences. 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.

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

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