Phuket fights Chikungunya virus

24
May

Chikungunya virus is an arbovirus transmitted by the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. This virus is as dangerous as dengue.

The Bureau of Epidemiology, together with the Ministry of Health of Thailand, reported 3379 cases of chikungunya virus infection, which were recorded in 23 provinces as of May 13 of this year.
Phuket, Songkla, and Ranong suffered most from the mosquito-borne virus. However, public health officials have reported that this figure has recently decreased.

Phuket, Songkla, and Ranong suffered most from the mosquito-borne virus. However, public health officials have reported that this figure has recently decreased.

The word “Chikungunya” translates as “that which bends.” Ill patients suffer from bouts of rheumatism, which causes their bodies to bend.

In people bitten by an infected mosquito, the symptoms of the disease usually appear after an incubation period of between three and seven days.

Chikungunya can cause acute and chronic diseases.

In acute illness, the symptoms develop suddenly. High fever, headache, myalgia and arthralgia appear (mainly in the limbs and large joints). Also, doctors often record the appearance of maculopapular rash. Severe forms of the disease are rare. Symptoms usually go away after 7–10 days, although arthralgia and joint stiffness may persist for several months.

The disease has clinical signs similar to dengue fever and Zika, and may be misdiagnosed in areas where they are common. Since there is no cure, the main efforts of the doctors are to alleviate the symptoms.

Source: The Thaiger
Translation: Anna Boyko

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