By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In an update on the chikungunya outbreak in Ethiopia, health officials have reported an additional 2,541 new suspected cases during the last week of September. This brings the outbreak total, that began in late July, to 49,616.
The bulk of the outbreak has been reported in the Dire Dawa City Administration.
There has been a declining trend observed since the peak of the outbreak in early September.
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.