By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the chikungunya outbreak in Chad in north-central Africa, health officials report the chikungunya epidemic is in sharp decline with a daily average of 10 cases in Abéché, five cases in Biltine and zero cases in other districts.

Aedes aegypti/CDC

From 14 August to 1 November, 38,280 cases were recorded with one death.

Four provinces have been affected: Ouaddaï, Wadi Fira, Sila and Guéra, all located in the Center-East of the country. The majority of affected people are female (54%), and people whose age group is 15 years and over (59%).

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.

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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