By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reports 122,203 chikungunya cases year to date in the Americas. This compares with 103,000 total cases reported in all of 2020.
Brazil accounted for more than 97 percent of the total with 119,019 cases, including 57,221 confirmed cases. This is followed by Guatemala with 1,091 cases and Belize with 737.
Eight fatalities were reported in the region, all in Brazil.
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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