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Chikungunya Virus in Mauritius

20 Jan 2012

The Minister of Health for Mauritius has reported a case of chikungunya virus infection in a 60-year-old man from the region of Ebene.

This is the first case of chikunguya virus infection in 2012. There have been isolated cases and outbreaks of chikungunya in Mauritius in recent years. The last reported cases were in January 2011.

The Ministry of Health has initiated the extermination of mosquitoes and the destruction of breeding sites in and around the home of the infected individual. Public awareness messages have been issued.

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.