By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Taiwan Department of Disease Control announced (computer translated) three new cases of local chikungunya in New Taipei City.


The cases include a woman in her 80s and a man in his 60s from Zhonghe District and a woman in her 50s, is from Xinchuang District.

All three patients were hospitalized on September 12. The symptoms of the three cases have all been improved. At present, they are at home and recovering.

This brings the total indigenous chikungunya cases to 11–(8 cases in Zhonghe District, 1 case in Xinzhuang District, Xindian District and Tucheng District).

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.

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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.