By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in Ratanakiri province in northeast Cambodia are reporting an increase in chikungunya cases.

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Officials note that 100 people contracted chikungunya in O’Chum district.

The Khmer Times reports, O’Chum district police chef Colonel Hong Kim Heng said Chikungunya and dengue fever had occurred in the district, especially in mountainous areas.

Provincial Health Department intervened and brought children and adults to O’Chum Health Center and Provincial Referral Hospital.

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

Symptoms of chikungunya are fever and severe joint pain, as well as muscle pain, joint swelling, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain associated with chikungunya is often debilitating and can vary in duration. There is currently no vaccine or specific drug for the virus and treatment focuses on relieving the disease symptoms, according to the WHO.