By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Cambodia Ministry of Health has reported an outbreak of chikungunya in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet city,
A statement from the Ministry of Health states more than 100 people in Poipet commune have fallen ill with symptoms, including abnormal fever, sore throat, skin rashes, joint pains and in some cases, convulsions since earlier this week.
Cambodian Minister of Health Mam Bunheng said that to prevent themselves from CHIKV, people should avoid being bitten by an Aedes mosquito by sleeping under mosquito nets and wearing long sleeves and full-length trousers or skirts.
Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain, which is often debilitating. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash.
The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue and Zika, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where they are common. As there is no cure, treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.
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