CDC issues travel notice for Paraguay due to chikungunya outbreak


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As stated on this site, there is a file Chikungunya outbreaks in Paraguay. Most cases have been reported in Asuncion Metropolitan region.

Chikungunya outbreak area in Paraguay

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), as of February 18, a total of 62,356 cases have been reported, including 26,223 confirmed cases. 90 percent has been reported in the Asuncion metro.

This prompted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a travel advisory for travelers to the South American country.

Health officials say travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites, including using insect repellents. wear long-sleeved shirts and pants; And stay in places that have air conditioners or that use window and door screens.

Additionally, travelers to these areas should seek medical attention if they develop a fever, joint pain, headache, muscle aches, joint swelling, or rash.

The chikungunya virus causes chikungunya and is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. Outbreaks in countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Most people infected with the chikungunya virus show some symptoms. Symptoms of chikungunya usually begin 3-7 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headaches, muscle aches, swollen joints, and skin rashes. Most people get better within a week; However, some can experience severe joint pain for several months.

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People at risk for more severe disease include newborns infected around the time of birth, older adults (65 or older), and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. Death from chikungunya is rare.

There is no specific treatment or approved vaccine for chikungunya.

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