Chikungunya: advice for travellers

Updated: March 19, 2018

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Where is chikungunya a concern?

Chikungunya occurs in some parts of: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. You are at higher risk for infection if you are travelling in a country where there have been recent cases of the disease. High amounts of rainfall in areas where chikungunya occurs can increase the risk of transmission.

Listed below are regions and countries reporting suspected and confirmed cases of chikungunya in 2017 and 2018.

What is Chikungunya?

Chikungunya virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.  It typically causes high fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms can include:

The joint pain can be severe and last for months or years. The symptoms of chikungunya can be very similar to those of dengue and Zika.

There is no available vaccine or medication that protects against chikungunya virus.

How can you protect yourself from chikungunya?

Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites, at all times. The mosquito that transmits the chikungunya virus bites mostly during daylight hours but will also feed at night.

Monitor your health

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