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Travellers as sentinels of chikungunya epidemics: a family cluster among Finnish travellers to Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2019

Anu Kantele 1

Affiliations: 1 Inflammation Center, Department of Infectious Diseases, Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Correspondence:  Anu Kantele

Citation style for this article: Kantele Anu. Travellers as sentinels of chikungunya epidemics: a family cluster among Finnish travellers to Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2019. Euro Surveill. 2019;24(11):pii=1900162. https://doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2019.24.11.1900162

Received: 04 Mar 2019;   Accepted: 14 Mar 2019

 

Abstract

In January 2019, five of 11 travellers to Koh Lanta, Thailand, contracted chikungunya, symptoms starting 4 days after presumed transmission. Four cases were hospitalised, one child treated in intensive care; 6 weeks after disease onset, all three adults have persistent arthralgias/arthritis, incapacitating for two. Together with a recent report of eight chikungunya cases among travellers to various destinations in Thailand, the high attack rate in our cluster points to an ongoing outbreak in the country.

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Keywords: Chikungunya fever; Finland; Thailand.

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