Seventeen chikungunya virus cases in Noumea, New Caledonia.

Health authorities are taking measures to prevent the spread of chikungunya virus in Polynesia after another case of the disease was reported in Noumea, a port town in New Caledonia. Since March 2011, 17 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the area around Noumea.

Aggressive mosquito control programs are in place to curb mosquito reproduction and brochures are being distributed to Air Caledonia passengers outlining the symptoms of chikungunya virus. Air Caledonia planes will also be sprayed with insecticide.

Travellers should be aware of the risk of exposure to chikungunya virus in New Caledonia and take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Chikungunya Fever.

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