One case of chikungunya fever every 2 minutes in Guadeloupe

There have been approximately 35,000 suspected and confirmed cases of chikungunya fever reported in just the past few months. The epidemic continues to expand rapidly, and it is estimated that there is an average of 1 new case every 2 minutes.

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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