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Chikungunya Virus Infection in French Polynesia (Update)

20 Oct 2014

An outbreak of chikungunya virus infection that was reported last week in Tahiti, French Polynesia has widened and now 11 communes in the south and east of the island are affected. The health department has reported a total of 59 cases with a further 200 suspected cases. Cases of chikungunya virus infection have now also been reported from the islands of Apataki Atoll (30 confirmed), Raiatea and Tubuai in French Polynesia.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.