Overwhelming epidemic of chikungunya fever in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

An overwhelming 137,000 cases of chikungunya fever have been reported nationwide. In Santo Doming, 68 per cent of all households have had at least one person infected with this virus. Ten provinces have reported the highest number of cases. They include the National District and San Cristobal, San Pedro, Santo Domingo, Hato Mayor, Monte Plata, Duarte, San Juan, Barahona and Independencia.

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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