In a follow-up in the chikungunya outbreak in Paraguay, the Ministry of Health reports approximately 11,000 cases of the arbovirus in the past three weeks.
In addition, chikungunya has so far accounted for 14 deaths, three newborns among them. 103 people were hospitalized for the disease, 25 of them receiving medical care in intensive care. Of the internees, 16 are under one year of age and 60 are over 60 years of age.
Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans through the bites of mosquitoes infected with the chikungunya virus.
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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