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Chikungunya Virus in Philippines

11 Oct 2012

As of 9 October 2012, 58 cases of chikungunya virus infection have been laboratory confirmed in the philippines so far this year.

A total of 500 suspected cases of chikungunya have been recorded in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Western Visayas and Northern Mindanao. In 2011, more than 1000 cases of chikunguya virus infection were recorded countrywide.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites by covering up with clothing and 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.