Chikungunya in the Americas
17 Feb 2023
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reports continued transmission of chikungunya in countries in Central and South America.
The following countries have reported cases in the first 6 weeks of 2023:
Argentina: 32 cases
Belize: 46 cases
Bolivia: 101 cases
Brazil: 8 301 cases
Colombia: 8 cases
Guatemala: 40 cases
Nicaragua: 3 cases
Paraguay: 40 818 cases (15 deaths)
Peru: 83 cases
Venezuela: 13 cases
Advice for Travellers
Chikungunya fever is an infection spread by mosquito bites that can cause a high temperature (fever) and intense pain in your joints. There is no vaccine available against chikungunya.
The mosquitoes which transmit dengue bite during the day, between dawn and dusk. They are particularly persistent and aggressive.
If you are travelling to an affected region, you are potentially at risk of chikungunya and should be aware of this infection.
- You can protect yourself by avoiding mosquito bites at all times.
If you develop a fever either during or after travelling to an affected area, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible and give details of your recent travel history.
For further information see the chikungunya fever page.