By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Brazil Ministry of Health has reported 38,085 chikungunya cases through May 30 this year. This number is down from 109,000 cases this period in 2019.

Of the cases this year, the state of Bahia accounts for 39.1% of probable cases of chikungunya in the country, followed by Espírito Santo with 30.5% of the cases and Rio de Janeiro with 8.6% of the cases.

Nine deaths have been recorded in lab confirmed cases– Bahia (2) and one each in Rio de Janeiro, Mato Grosso, Espírito Santo, Paraíba, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco and Ceará.

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.

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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.

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