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Risks Related to Chikungunya Infections among European Union Travelers, 2012-2018.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Jun;26(6):1067-1076.
Autochthonous outbreaks of chikungunya have occurred in the European Union (EU) after virus introduction by infected travelers. We reviewed the surveillance data of travel-related cases reported in the EU during 2012-2018 to document factors associated with increased infection rates among travelers and to assess how surveillance data could support preparedness against secondary transmission and timely control of outbreaks. Thirteen EU countries reported 2,616 travel-related chikungunya cases. We observed 3 successive epidemiologic periods; the highest number of cases (75%) occurred during 2014-2015, when most cases were associated with the Caribbean and South America. The highest infection rates among travelers were observed during the same phase. Although surveillance of travel-related cases is relevant for estimating the infection risk for travelers, we could not identify a relationship between the number of infected travelers and a higher likelihood of secondary transmission in the EU.
European Union | Chikungunya | Chikungunya virus | Data review | Mosquitoes | Outbreak | Risks | Surveillance | Travel | Travelers | Vector-borne infections | Viruses | Zoonoses
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