In a follow-up on the Mombasa, Kenya chikungunya outbreak, health officials report today that the outbreak has been contained.
The outbreak that started in mid-December 2017 resulted in 453 cases, of which 32 were confirmed, according to the health ministry.
Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. It can cause high fever, join and muscle pain, and headache. The joint pain may last for months or years and may become a cause of chronic pain and disability.
There is no specific treatment for chikungunya infection, nor any vaccine to prevent it. Pending the development of a new vaccine, the only effective means of prevention is to protect individuals against mosquito bites.