Security Message for U.S. Citizens Chikungunya Virus in Senegal

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens living and traveling in Senegal of a public health concern regarding the chikungunya virus, a mosquito-transmitted illness.  According to a Travel Health Notice issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on September 18, the Ministry of Health and Social Action of Senegal has reported 10 confirmed cases of chikungunya in the Kédougou region.  The most recent cluster of chikungunya cases in Senegal was in 2009.

The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens living and traveling in Senegal to review the CDC’s Travel Health Notice and the information on its website on the chikungunya virus for further information.

To obtain CDC travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas, or visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/travel.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Senegal Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • The U.S. Embassy is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays.  You may call +221 33 879 4000 during normal business hours or +221 33 879 4444 during after-hours.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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