Travellers leaving Oiapoque (Amapá, Brazil) must register destination for chikungunya fever monitoring

In the last 5 months, the municipality of Oiapoque, in the north of Amapá, has confirmed almost 2,000 cases of chikungunya fever. In an attempt to control the spread of this infection to other cities and towns, travellers leaving Oiapoque must provide information regarding their destination so that they can be monitored by public health authorities when they arrive.

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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