By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Thailand health officials reported an additional 600-plus chikungunya cases in the past week, putting the total so far in 2020 to 10,101 in 72 provinces.
Chanthaburi province has seen the highest incidence of chikungunya, followed by Uthai Thani, Lamphun, Rayong and Loei.
Of the country’s 77 provinces, five remain chikungunya free- Singburi, Nakhon Nayok, Mae Hong Son, Udon Thani and Yasothon.
The World Health Organization says chikungunya is an arboviral disease transmitted to humans by the bites of infected Aedes mosquitoes. The disease is characterized by an abrupt onset of fever frequently accompanied by joint pain and inflammation which is often very debilitating and may last for several months, or even years. Fatalities associated with infection can occur but are typically rare and most reported in older adults with underlying medical conditions or perinatally-infected infants. Some patients might have a relapse of rheumatologic symptoms (e.g. polyarthralgia, polyarthritis, and tenosynovitis) in the months following acute illness.
There is no specific antiviral treatment or commercially available vaccine for chikungunya.
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