Some deaths associated with chikungunya virus infections in Caribbean

Of the more than 600,000 reported cases of chikungunya fever since the introduction of the virus, there have been 113 people who were infected who have died. It is not clear whether death was due to the infection itself or if the infection was a complication of pre-existing medical conditions that caused the deaths. More than 100 of these deaths occurred in Martinique and Guadeloupe.

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.

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