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Chikungunya in Brazil

15 Jun 2022

The Brazilian Ministry of Health (in Portuguese) reports continuing transmission of chikungunya in all 5 Regions of the country. From 1 January 2022 to 21 May 2022 there were 108 730 cases of chikungunya, including 19 deaths. A further 40 deaths are under investigation. This is a 35% increase in cases compared to the same period in 2021.

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.

Advice for Travellers

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.  

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.