St. Kitts and Nevis are the latest islands in the Caribbean to report chikungunya

After the initial introduction of chikungunya fever virus last month in Saint Martin in the Caribbean, the virus continues to spread rapidly. In addition to the other 8 islands that are experiencing rapid increases in reported cases, St. Kitts and Nevis is the latest country to report a case of chikungunya fever that was acquired locally.

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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