By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported the first chikungunya cases of the year in three people who traveled to Thailand together during the incubation period.
Chikungunya fever is a mosquito-borne disease caused by the chikungunya virus. It is clinically characterized by fever frequently accompanied by joint pain. Other common signs and symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often very debilitating, but usually lasts for a few days or may be prolonged for weeks. Most patients recover fully, but in some cases joint pain may persist for several months, or even years.
Chikungunya virus is transmitted to humans by mosquito bites. Although one vector, Aedes aegypti, is not found in Hong Kong, the other vector, Aedes albopictus, is widely distributed locally. These mosquitoes can be found biting throughout daylight hours, though there may be peaks of activity in the early morning and late afternoon.