Weekly occurences of Chikungunya in French Polynesia

by Wayne Ghesquiere on December 16, 2014

The Ministry of Health in French Polynesia has reported 26, 700  suspected and locally confirmed cases of chikungunya fever since October 2014.  Approximately 9, 000 cases of chikungunya are occurring weekly and the outbreak has yet to peak.  The cases in French Polynesia have been primarily reported from Tahiti.

Travellers are advised to use day time insect precautions to help protect themselves from chikungunya fever.  Chikungunya is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.  There is no vaccine to prevent this virus.

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