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Chikungunya Virus Infection in Dominican Republic (Update)

06 Oct 2014

The Dominican Republic continues to be badly affected by the chikungunya virus outbreak in the Caribbean and Americas. As of 19 September 2014, a total of 486 306 suspected cases have been reported. A total of 84 cases have been laboratory confirmed.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, 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.

Travellers intending to donate blood on their return from a chikungunya virus risk area may wish to speak with a blood transfusion advisor before attending to give blood. This is because visitors to chikungunya virus risk areas must wait 4 weeks after their return before donating. Additionally, if they have displayed any symptoms of chikungunya virus infection, they must wait 6 months before donating.