Chikungunya in Brazil

01 February 2022

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The Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported continuing transmission of chikungunya across the country, with 96,288 cases, including 14 deaths, recorded from 3 January 2021 to 1 January 2022.

Advice for travellers

Chikungunya is a viral infection spread by mosquito bites which can cause acute fever and severe joint pain. All travellers to endemic regions are potentially at risk of chikungunya and should: 

  • be aware of chikungunya and understand that no vaccine is available to fight this disease 
  • avoid mosquito bites as Aedes mosquitoes are particularly persistent and aggressive, and they bite between dawn and dusk 
  • seek medical attention as soon as possible if they develop a fever during, or on return, from travel and mention their travel history

Information and advice for travellers on chikungunya is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: TRAVAX, 27 January 2022