With imported cases of the mosquito borne virus, chikungunya reported from several of Argentina’s neighbors, it prompted health officials in Buenos Aires province to issue an alert over the viral disease.


Aedes mosquito
Aedes aegypti image/CDC

According to a Xinhua report via The Hindu, Buenos Aires Health Minister Alejandro Collia called on the province’s residents to “not panic” and asked for their “collaboration” in avoiding the spread of mosquitoes, especially following heavy rainfall in recent weeks.

“It is important to be alert, because the symptoms can be similar to dengue,” Luis Crovetto, the provincial health official, said.

Imported, or travel-associated chikungunya has been reported from Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Peru.

As of Aug. 1, over one-half million locally acquired chikungunya have been reported from Central and South America and the Caribbean. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page