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Thailand chikungunya cases top 10,000 for 2019

Outbreak News Today 2019-12-03 15:57:36

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The number of cases of the mosquito-borne viral disease, chikungunya, have surpassed the 10,000 mark in Thailand, according to the country’s Bureau of Epidemiology.

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Since the beginning of the year through November 24, Thailand has reported 10,146 chikungunya cases in 56 provinces, nearly three times the number reported in all of 2018 (3,580/18 provinces).

No deaths have been reported.

The provinces with the highest prevalence of the disease include Pattani, Ranong, Tak, Phuket and Songkhla.

Symptoms of chikungunya disease usually begin 3–7 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Most people infected with chikungunya virus develop some symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms can include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.

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The symptoms of chikungunya disease are similar to those of dengue and Zika. Dengue and Zika are two other diseases spread by the same mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya.

Chikungunya disease does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling. And even though most patients feel better within a week, others may have joint pain that lasts for months.