Officials with the Bureau of Epidemiology with the Thailand Ministry of Health have reported a total of 2063 chikungunya cases from 19 provinces, through Mar. 4. The southern part of the country has seen the most cases.
No deaths have been reported.
The areas with the highest morbidity include Phuket, Songkla, Pattani and Pangnga. More than half the cases were reported in people 15 to 44 years of age.
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.