The 'Pan American Health Organization' (PAHO) has reported 122,203 chikungunya fever cases in the Americas in the year 2021, compared to 103,000 cases reported for the entire year of 2020. Brazil accounts for the majority of cases (97%).

Chikungunya fever is a viral infection transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. The disease is typically manifested by severe joint pain in the hands and feet, which can last for weeks or months in some patients.

 

Consequences for the traveler

Optimal mosquito protection measures 24/7: during the day against dengue, chikungunya, Zika and other viruses, at dusk and at night against malaria. If you should have a fever: take medication containing the ingredient paracetamol and make sure you drink enough fluids. Do not take any medication containing the ingredient acetylsalicylic acid (e.g. Aspirin®), as this may increase the risk of bleeding in the event of a dengue infection (see also factsheet dengue). If you have visited a malaria area and have a fever >37.5 °C, you should always exclude malaria by taking a blood smear on the spot. Visit a medical facility for this (see also factsheet malaria).

 

References

Outbreak News Today, 30.10.2021