Travellers warned about chikungunya in Caribbean

Travellers in the Americas need to be aware of the extent of the risk of exposure to chikungunya fever. For example, in the USA, the Tennessee Department of Health has recorded 42 cases of this infection, all of whom were travellers who acquired their illness outside the USA. Since the appearance of this virus in early 2014, there have been at least 2 million cases in 44 temporate and tropical countries, including nearly all the Caribbean islands, Central and South America.

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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