Reports of chikungunya in Brazil are growing

From late November to the end of December 2014, reported cases of chikungunya fever increased from 1,364 to 2,258 cases. The disease is also spreading with cases now reported from the states of Amapá, Bahia, Mato Grosso do Sul, and the Distrito Federal (Brasilia).

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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