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The Buenos Aires Ministry of Health reported that three cases of autochthonous chikungunya fever are being investigated.

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Of the three cases reported to the National Health Surveillance System, two people reside in Almirante Brown, belong to the same family group, and none required hospitalization. The third case is from Quilmes.

So far in 2023, 10 confirmed and 12 probable imported cases of chikungunya fever have been reported in 18 municipalities, all with a history of travel to Paraguay. These cases belong to Sanitary Regions II, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and XII, where cases of dengue were also recorded. In addition, another 27 possible patients continue to be studied.

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Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans through the bites of mosquitoes infected with the chikungunya virus.

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The most common symptom is an abrupt onset of fever, often accompanied by joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash. Severe joint pain usually lasts a few days but can persist for months or even years. Serious complications are uncommon, but atypical severe cases can cause long-term symptoms and even death, especially in older people.

There is currently no vaccine or specific drug against the virus.

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