By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

Sudan health officials continue to report additional chikungunya cases with 17 cases reported during the week ending December 14.

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In 2019, 243 chikungunya cases have been reported, including five fatalities.

Seven Sudan states are reporting chikungunya cases–Al Jazirah, East Darfur, Kassala, Sennar, South Darfur, White Nile and West Darfur, which has accounted for more than 70 percent of cases.

Symptoms of chikungunya disease usually begin 3–7 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Most people infected with chikungunya virus develop some symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms can include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.

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The symptoms of chikungunya disease are similar to those of dengue and Zika. Dengue and Zika are two other diseases spread by the same mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya.

Chikungunya disease does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling. And even though most patients feel better within a week, others may have joint pain that lasts for months.