Chikungunya in Brazil

21 June 2022

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The Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported continuing transmission of chikungunya in all five regions of the country, with 108,730 cases, including 19 deaths, recorded from 1 January to 21 May 2022, with a further 40 deaths under investigation. This number represents a 35% increase in cases, compared to the same period in 2021. 

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 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. 

Sources: TRAVAX, 15 June 2022 and fitfortravel, 15 June 2022