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Chikungunya virus rages in southern Thailand

Chikungunya virus rages in southern Thailand

The local Ministry of Health warns everyone who is going to or is already in the south of Thailand: along with Dengue and Zika, another disease has been added to the list - Chikungunya virus. Over the past week, 86 people have been infected, and this year in total there were 3,592 cases registered and almost all in the southern part of the country of smiles.

The virus is transmitted by the same white-striped mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus as Dengue.

Some facts about the disease:

Chikungunya is a viral disease that is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. The disease causes an increase in body temperature and severe pain in the muscles and joints, as well as headache, fatigue, rash, and nausea.
Pain in the joints can vary greatly in duration.
This disease has similar clinical symptoms that occur with Dengue and Zika fever, and therefore Chikungunya may be incorrectly diagnosed in those places where all three diseases are distributed.
There is no cure for this disease. Treatment even in a hospital is aimed only at alleviating the symptoms.
The proximity of mosquito breeding sites to a person’s home increases the chances of catching the Chikungunya virus.
The disease is most common in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. However, a large outbreak in 2015 affected several countries in the Americas.
The Ministry of Health asks people who visited the south of the country a couple of weeks ago and now have symptoms characteristic of this disease to go immediately to hospitals and not to self-medicate.

Most patients recover fully, but in some cases, the pain in the joints may remain for several months or even years. There is evidence of rare cases of ocular, neurological and cardiac complications, as well as gastrointestinal complaints. Serious complications are not common, but in older people the disease can cause death.

Just in case, leave the helpline at 1422 (in Thai).

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