More imported cases of chikungunya fever in Venezuela

Venezuelan health authorities have registered 11 more imported cases of chikungunya fever in travellers returning from the Caribbean area. These cases bring the total of imported cases to 28. They were diagnosed in the states of Anzoátegui, Miranda, Lara, Portuguesa, Bolívar, Distrito Capital, and Carabobo. With this wide distribution, it is probably inevitable that this infection will spread locally.

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.

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