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Chikungunya in Brazil

Updated August 23, 2017

What is the current situation?

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has reported more than 60,000 chikungunya cases in Brazil in 2017.

What can travelers do to prevent chikungunya?
•Prevent mosquito bites.
•Discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider if you’re in one of the following groups, which may be more likely to get chikungunya, have severe disease, or be at higher risk for other reasons:
•People who have arthritis
•People with serious underlying medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes)
•People older than 65
•Women who are late in their pregnancies, because of the risk of severe disease for babies born at the time their mother is sick
•Long-term travelers, including missionaries and humanitarian aid workers and people visiting friends and relatives
•People who might have difficulty avoiding mosquito bites, such as those planning to spend a lot of time outdoors or staying in rooms without window screens or air conditioning

Learn more about chikungunya, how to prevent it, and what to do if you think you are infected at CDC’s chikungunya page for travelers.

Traveler Information
•Chikungunya fact sheet
•Avoid Bug Bites
•CDC chikungunya website

Clinician Information
•Chikungunya in CDC Health Information for International Travel (“Yellow Book”)
•Chikungunya fact sheet for clinicians
•CDC chikungunya website
•Chikungunya information for health care providers
•Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks, & Other Arthropods

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Page created: August 22, 2017
Page last updated: August 22, 2017
Page last reviewed: August 22, 2017
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ)