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Chikungunya Virus in Papua New Guinea

11 Oct 2012

An outbreak of chikungunya virus infection has been reported in Papua New Guinea. The outbreak began in June 2012, and to date 633 suspected cases have been recorded. Of the 52 samples sent for laboratory testing, 14 were positive for chikungunya virus. The outbreak is focused in the provincial capital of Vanimo, in West Sepik province in the north-west of the country.

The National Department of Health is currently investigating the outbreak, with WHO providing technical assistance.

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.