Nationwide alert for chikungunya fever declared in Paraguay

With 271 reported cases of chikungunya fever, health authorities have declared a health alert for the entire country. Most of the cases have occurred in the metropolitan area of Asunción and near-by municipality of Fernando de la Mora. Other affected areas include Villa Elisa, Luque, Ñemby, San Lorenzo and Lambaré.

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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