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Chikungunya Virus Infection in the United States (Imported)

19 Sep 2014

As the chikungunya virus outbreak in the Caribbean and Americas continues, the number of cases imported into the United States continues. As of 16 September 2014, a total of 1052 cases have been reported, of those, 1043 are travel associated. Nine cases of chikungunya virus infection have been locally acquired; they have all been reported from the state of Florida.

New York state has recorded the highest number of imported cases (252) which equals 24% of the national total.

The states of Alaska, Vermont, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Utah have not reported any chikungunya cases thus far.

The majority (98%) of imported cases are associated with travel to the Caribbean and Americas.

Advice for Travellers

Travellers should be aware of the outbreak of Chikungunya virus infection in the Caribbean and Americas and avoid mosquito bites if visiting these areas.